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beta–lactamase

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noun be·ta–lac·ta·mase \ˈbā-tə-ˈlak-tə-ˌmās, -ˌmāz\

Definition of beta–lactamase

  1. :  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


Medical Dictionary

beta–lactamase

noun be·ta–lac·ta·mase

Medical Definition of beta–lactamase

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



Variants of beta–lactamase

or β–lactamase \-ˈlak-tə-ˌmās, -ˌmāz\play

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