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tryptophanase tryp·to·pha·nase (trĭp'tə-fə-nās', -nāz', trĭp-tŏf'ə-)

  1. An enzyme that catalyzes the cleavage of tryptophan to indole, pyruvic acid, and ammonia and that is commonly found in bacteria.

  2. See tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase.

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