beta-lactamase


be·ta–lac·ta·mase

noun \ˈbā-tə-ˈlak-tə-ˌmās, -ˌmāz\

Definition of BETA-LACTAMASE

:  an enzyme found especially in staphylococcal bacteria that inactivates the penicillins by hydrolyzing them

Origin of BETA-LACTAMASE

lactam, a cyclic amide (from International Scientific Vocabulary lact- + amide) + -ase
First Known Use: 1965

be·ta–lac·ta·mase

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BETA–LACTAMASE

: an enzyme found especially in staphylococcal bacteria that inactivates penicillins by hydrolyzing them—called also penicillinase

Variants of BETA–LACTAMASE

be·ta–lac·ta·mase or β–lactamase \-ˈlak-tə-ˌmās, -ˌmāz\

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