protease pro·te·ase (prō'tē-ās', -āz')
Any of various enzymes, including the proteinases and peptidases, that catalyze the hydrolytic breakdown of proteins.
|protease (prō'tē-ās') Pronunciation Key
Any of various enzymes that bring about the breakdown of proteins into peptides or amino acids by hydrolysis. Pepsin is an example of a protease.