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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 and Etymology 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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