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lyase

[lahy-eys, -eyz] /ˈlaɪ eɪs, -eɪz/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
any of various enzymes, as decarboxylase, that catalyze reactions involving the formation of or addition to a double bond.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; < Greek (ein) to loosen, dissolve (see lysis) + -ase
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lyase

/ˈlaɪeɪz/
noun
1.
any enzyme that catalyses the separation of two parts of a molecule by the formation of a double bond between them
Word Origin
C20: from Greek lusis a loosening + -ase
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lyase in Medicine

lyase ly·ase (lī'ās')
n.
Any of a group of enzymes that catalyze the formation of double bonds by removing chemical groups from a substrate without hydrolysis or catalyze the addition of chemical groups to double bonds.

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Encyclopedia Article for lyase

in physiology, any member of a class of enzymes that catalyze the addition or removal of the elements of water (hydrogen, oxygen), ammonia (nitrogen, hydrogen), or carbon dioxide (carbon, oxygen) at double bonds. For example, decarboxylases remove carbon dioxide from amino acids and dehydrases remove water. See enzyme.

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