neuraminidase


neur·amin·i·dase

noun \ˌnr-ə-ˈmi-nə-ˌdās, ˌnyr-, -ˌdāz\

Definition of NEURAMINIDASE

:  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 of NEURAMINIDASE

neuraminic acid, an amino acid + -ide + -ase
First Known Use: 1957

neur·amin·i·dase

noun \ˌn(y)r-ə-ˈmin-ə-ˌdās, -ˌdāz\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NEURAMINIDASE

: 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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