pro-tease

protease

[proh-tee-eys, -eyz]
noun Biochemistry.
any of a group of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolytic degradation of proteins or polypeptides to smaller amino acid polymers.

Origin:
1900–05; prote(in) + -ase

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protease (ˈprəʊtɪˌeɪs)
 
n
any enzyme involved in proteolysis
 
[C20: from protein + -ase]

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protease pro·te·ase (prō'tē-ās', -āz')
n.
Any of various enzymes, including the proteinases and peptidases, that catalyze the hydrolytic breakdown of proteins.

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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.
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