tyrosinase

tyrosinase

[tahy-roh-si-neys, -neyz, tir-oh-]
noun Biochemistry.
an oxidizing enzyme, occurring in plant and animal tissues, that catalyzes the aerobic oxidation of tyrosine into melanin and other pigments.

Origin:
1895–1900; tyrosine + -ase

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tyrosinase (ˌtaɪrəʊsɪˈneɪz, ˌtɪrəʊ-)
 
n
an enzyme occurring in many organisms that is a catalyst in the conversion of tyrosine to the pigment melanin; inactivity of this enzyme results in albinism

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