carbonic anhydrase


carbonic an·hy·drase

noun \-an-ˈhī-ˌdrās, -ˌdrāz\

Definition of CARBONIC ANHYDRASE

:  a zinc-containing enzyme that occurs in living tissues (as red blood cells) and aids carbon-dioxide transport from the tissues and its release from the blood in the lungs by catalyzing the reversible hydration of carbon dioxide to carbonic acid

Origin of CARBONIC ANHYDRASE

anhydrous + -ase; from its promotion of dehydration
First Known Use: 1932

carbonic an·hy·drase

noun \-an-ˈhī-ˌdrās, -ˌdrāz\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CARBONIC ANHYDRASE

: a zinc-containing enzyme that occurs in living tissues (as red blood cells) and aids carbon-dioxide transport from the tissues and its release from the blood in the lungs by catalyzing the reversible hydration of carbon dioxide to carbonic acid

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