carbonic anhydrase

noun
carbonic an·hy·drase | \ -an-ˈhī-ˌdrās , -ˌdrāz \

Definition of carbonic anhydrase 

: a zinc-containing enzyme that occurs in living tissues (such 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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Another was a mutation in a gene responsible for the production of carbonic anhydrase, an enzyme that slows the build up of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream, a phenomenon that is associated with extreme diving. The Economist, "A group of people with an amphibious life have evolved traits to match," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of carbonic anhydrase

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carbonic anhydrase

anhydrous + -ase; from its promotion of dehydration

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carbonic anhydrase

noun
carbonic an·hy·drase | \ -an-ˈhī-ˌdrās, -ˌdrāz \

Medical Definition of carbonic anhydrase 

: 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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