coenzyme

noun

co·​en·​zyme (ˌ)kō-ˈen-ˌzīm How to pronounce coenzyme (audio)
: a thermostable nonprotein compound that forms the active portion of an enzyme system after combination with an apoenzyme
coenzymatic adjective
coenzymatically adverb

Examples of coenzyme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hyaluronic acid supplements also combine well with actives such as vitamin C or coenzyme Q10, which can help fight oxidative stress. 2. Beatrice Zocchi, Vogue, 18 Apr. 2024 Their Tri-Complex improves skin elasticity over time with coenzyme Q10, creatine and provitamin B5. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 There’s more: B vitamins act as coenzymes that help speed up these processes, especially those within the brain and nervous system, says Shapiro. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 30 June 2023 In our bodies, high-energy electrons are carried by NAD coenzymes. Mira Miller, Verywell Health, 18 July 2023 Most of the other vitamins in the complex act as coenzymes to help the body generate enough energy—powering everything from getting out of bed to crushing your pick-up basketball game. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 30 June 2023 Antioxidant-rich ingredients like all-natural turmeric and coenzyme Q10 promote vitality, while additional vitamins and enzymes aid in digestion and strengthen the immune system. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 June 2023 CoQ10 is a coenzyme that helps to improve energy production and provides antioxidant protection, helping to reduce muscle damage during intense training. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 Feb. 2023 In 2018, Jenner was famously hospitalized in 2018 after a bad reaction to an IV drip that included NAD, or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, a coenzyme that helps boost energy. L'oreal Thompson Payton, Fortune Well, 6 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of coenzyme was in 1947

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“Coenzyme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coenzyme. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

coenzyme

noun
co·​en·​zyme (ˈ)kō-ˈen-ˌzīm How to pronounce coenzyme (audio)
: a thermostable nonprotein compound that forms the active portion of an enzyme system after combination with an apoenzyme compare activator sense 1
coenzymatically adverb

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