Definition of protease in English:

protease

Syllabification: pro·te·ase
Pronunciation: /ˈprōtēˌāz, -ˌās
 
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noun

Biochemistry
  • An enzyme that breaks down proteins and peptides.
    More example sentences
    • Whey contains many types of enzymes, including hydrolases, transferases, lyases, proteases, and lipases.
    • Although starches and fats can be broken down without pancreatic enzymes, pancreatic proteases are crucial for protein digestion.
    • All of the serine proteases and the zinc peptidases of pancreatic secretions are produced in the form of their respective proenzymes.

Origin

early 20th century: from protein + -ase.

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