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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An enzyme that catalyzes the addition of water to a substrate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) an enzyme which causes the splitting of a chemical bond with the addition of the elements of water; a hydrolytic enzyme. Formerly called a hydrolytic ferment.

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  • noun biochemistry An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of a substrate.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[hydrol(ysis) + –ase.]

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