Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

synthetase

play
noun syn·the·tase \ˈsin-thə-ˌtās, -ˌtāz\

Definition of synthetase

  1. :  an enzyme that catalyzes the linking together of two molecules usually using the energy derived from the concurrent splitting off of a pyrophosphate group from a triphosphate (as ATP) —called also ligase



Origin of synthetase

synthetic + -ase


First Known Use: 1947


Medical Dictionary

synthetase

play
noun syn·the·tase \ˈsin-thə-ˌtās, -ˌtāz\

Medical Definition of synthetase

  1. :  an enzyme that catalyzes the linking together of two molecules especially by using the energy derived from the concurrent splitting off of a pyrophosphate group from a triphosphate (as ATP)—called also ligase




Learn More about synthetase


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up synthetase? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet kittly-benders spindrift pince-nez
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ