from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hydrolytic enzyme that removes sialic acid from mucoproteins and is found chiefly in microorganisms of the respiratory and intestinal tracts.
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- n. An antigenic enzyme, found on the surfaces of viruses, that catalyzes the hydrolysis of terminal acylneuraminic residues from oligosaccharides, glycoproteins, and glycolipids
neuramin(ic acid) (neur(o)- + amin(e)) + -id(e) + -ase.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)