nitrogenase

[nahy-troj-uh-neys, -neyz, nahy-truh-juh-]
noun Biochemistry.
an enzyme complex that catalyzes the reduction of molecular nitrogen in the nitrogen-fixation process of bacteria.

Origin:
1930–35; nitrogen + -ase

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nitrogenase ni·trog·e·nase (nī-trŏj'ə-nās', -nāz', nī'trə-jə-)
n.
An enzyme of certain bacteria that activates the conversion of nitrogen to ammonia.

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nitrogenase   (nī-trŏj'ə-nās', nī'trə-jə-)  Pronunciation Key 
An enzyme of nitrogen-fixing bacteria that catalyzes the conversion of nitrogen to ammonia.
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These microbes extract nitrogen from the air using an enzyme called, appropriately enough, nitrogenase.
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