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- noun An enzyme isolated from bacteria that catalyzes the hydrolysis of asparagine and is used in the chemotherapeutic treatment of leukemia.
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- noun biochemistry An
enzymethat catalyzesthe hydrolysisof asparagineto aspartic acid, used in chemotherapy.
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- noun antineoplastic drug (trade name Elspar) sometimes used to treat lymphoblastic leukemia
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asparagine + -ase
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