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

  • noun Any of various enzymes, including the endopeptidases and exopeptidases, that catalyze the hydrolytic breakdown of proteins into peptides or amino acids.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A generic term for proteolytic ferments.

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  • noun biochemistry An enzyme that cuts or cleaves proteins.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any enzyme that catalyzes the splitting of proteins into smaller peptide fractions and amino acids by a process known as proteolysis

Etymologies

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From prote(in) + -ase.

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