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neuraminidase

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noun neur·amin·i·dase \ˌnu̇r-ə-ˈmi-nə-ˌdās, ˌnyu̇r-, -ˌdāz\

Definition of neuraminidase

  1. :  a hydrolytic enzyme that occurs on the surface of the pneumococcus, influenza-causing viruses, and some paramyxoviruses as an antigen and that splits mucoproteins by breaking a glucoside link



Origin and Etymology of neuraminidase

neuraminic acid, an amino acid + -ide + -ase


First Known Use: 1957


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neuraminidase

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noun neur·amin·i·dase \ˌn(y)u̇r-ə-ˈmin-ə-ˌdās, -ˌdāz\

Medical Definition of neuraminidase

  1. :  a hydrolytic enzyme that occurs on the surface of the pneumococcus, the orthomyxoviruses, and some paramyxoviruses and that cleaves terminal acetylated neuraminic acids from sugar residues (as in glycoproteins and mucoproteins)




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