proenzyme

proenzyme

[proh-en-zahym]
noun Biochemistry.
any of a group of proteins that are converted to active enzymes by partial breakdown, as by the action of an acid or other enzyme.
Also called zymogen.


Origin:
1895–1900; pro-1 + enzyme

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proenzyme (prəʊˈɛnzaɪm)
 
n
the inactive form of an enzyme; zymogen

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proenzyme pro·en·zyme (prō-ěn'zīm')
n.
The inactive or nearly inactive precursor of an enzyme, converted into an active enzyme by proteolysis. Also called zymogen.

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