Definition of bifunctional in English:

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Pronunciation: /bīˈfəNG(k)SH(ə)n(ə)l/


1Having two functions.
Example sentences
  • Whether the functionally independent mutants are the result of mutations in a single bifunctional gene or two separate genes has not been determined.
  • To the best of our knowledge, there are no previous reports of this type of bifunctional photoactivator.
  • Rather, the genetic and biochemical analyses suggest that Sun is a bifunctional protein.
2 Chemistry Having two highly reactive binding sites in each molecule: bifunctional enzymes retain stable levels of activity
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  • Epoxy compounds are highly reactive bifunctional alkylating agents, which may attack and bind covalently to DNA and cause mutagenic events.
  • It has been suggested that bifunctional molecules like alcohol can penetrate into the hydrophobic core of lys modifying its structural and dynamic properties.
  • The interconversion of the bifunctional enzyme is catalyzed by cAMP-dependent protein kinase, which in turn is regulated by circulating peptide hormones.

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Syllabification: bi·func·tion·al

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