Definition of nuclease in English:

nuclease

Syllabification: nu·cle·ase
Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞oklēˌās, -ˌāz
 
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noun

Biochemistry
An enzyme that cleaves the chains of nucleotides in nucleic acids into smaller units.
More example sentences
  • These DNA-binding proteins include polymerases, helicases, nucleases, isomerases, ligases, histones, and others.
  • Such hydrolytic enzymes as cystein proteinases, serine proteinases, and nucleases are highly induced during xylogenesis.
  • Plants then synthesize antimicrobial substances, including the protein chitinase, which degrades the cell walls of fungi, and enzymes called nucleases, which break apart the ribonucleic acid of viruses.

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