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


/ˈfɒsfəˌteɪs; -ˌteɪz/
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')
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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