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phosphatase

[fos-fuh-teys, -teyz] /ˈfɒs fəˌteɪs, -ˌteɪz/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
any of several classes of esterases of varying specificity that catalyze the hydrolysis of phosphoric esters.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; phosphate + -ase
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  • Bilirubin levels increase after alkaline phosphatase rises.
  • Blood tests may show higher than normal levels of bilirubin and alkaline phosphatase.
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phosphatase

/ˈfɒsfəˌteɪs; -ˌteɪz/
noun
1.
any of a group of enzymes that catalyse the hydrolysis of organic phosphates
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phosphatase in Medicine

phosphatase phos·pha·tase (fŏs'fə-tās', -tāz')
n.
Any of numerous enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of esters of phosphoric acid and are important in the absorption and metabolism of carbohydrates, nucleotides, and phospholipids and in the calcification of bone.

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