catalase

noun
cat·​a·​lase | \ ˈka-tə-ˌlās How to pronounce catalase (audio) , -ˌlāz \

Definition of catalase

: a red crystalline enzyme that consists of a protein complex with hematin groups and catalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen

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Other Words from catalase

catalatic \ ˌka-​tə-​ˈla-​tik How to pronounce catalase (audio) \ adjective

Examples of catalase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Certain cells in the small intestine have high amounts of catalase, an enzyme that breaks down hydrogen peroxide to release oxygen. Pratibha Gopalakrishna, STAT, "Scientists create a synthetic lining for the intestine to make delivering drugs easier," 26 Aug. 2020 Yeast is an organism that contains a special chemical called catalase that can act as a catalyst to help break down hydrogen peroxide. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Make Elephant Toothpaste," 1 Aug. 2019 Normally, catalase is one of the most efficient enzymes in the human body, capable of decomposing of millions of hydrogen peroxide molecules every second. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Micro-Submarines Could Deliver Medicine in the Body Without Surgery," 28 May 2019

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First Known Use of catalase

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for catalase

catalysis

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The first known use of catalase was in 1901

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“Catalase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catalase. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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catalase

noun
cat·​a·​lase | \ ˈkat-ᵊl-ˌās, -ˌāz How to pronounce catalase (audio) \

Medical Definition of catalase

: a red crystalline enzyme that consists of a protein complex with hematin groups and catalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen

Other Words from catalase

catalatic \ ˌkat-​ᵊl-​ˈat-​ik How to pronounce catalase (audio) \ adjective

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