from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various enzymes, including the endopeptidases and exopeptidases, that catalyze the hydrolytic breakdown of proteins into peptides or amino acids.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An enzyme that cuts or cleaves proteins.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A generic term for proteolytic ferments.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any enzyme that catalyzes the splitting of proteins into smaller peptide fractions and amino acids by a process known as proteolysis
From prote(in) + -ase. (Wiktionary)