Definition of cyclooxygenase
: an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of arachidonic acid to prostaglandins and that has two isoforms of which one is involved in the creation of prostaglandins which mediate inflammation and pain
Origin and Etymology of cyclooxygenase
cycl- + oxygenase, an enzyme, from oxygen + -ase
First Known Use: 1975
Medical Definition of cyclooxygenase
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