Definition of esterase in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈestərās/
Pronunciation: /ˈestərāz/


An enzyme that hydrolyzes particular esters into acids and alcohols or phenols.
Example sentences
  • Carbosulfan is extremely toxic to mammals and its toxicity is mediated through inhibition of acetylcholine esterase, a respiratory enzyme.
  • Cholesterol esterase plays a role in digestive lipid absorption in the upper intestinal tract, though its role in cholesterol absorption in particular is controversial.
  • Cholesterol esterase was omitted from the assay to exclude intracellular cholesterol esters.

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Syllabification: es·ter·ase

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