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carbonic anhydrase

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noun carbonic an·hy·drase \-an-ˈhī-ˌdrās, -ˌdrāz\

Definition of carbonic anhydrase

  1. :  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


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carbonic anhydrase

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noun carbonic an·hy·drase \-an-ˈhī-ˌdrās, -ˌdrāz\

Medical Definition of carbonic anhydrase

  1. :  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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