decarboxylase

noun

de·​car·​box·​yl·​ase ˌdē-kär-ˈbäk-sə-ˌlās How to pronounce decarboxylase (audio)
-ˌlāz
: any of a group of enzymes that accelerate decarboxylation especially of amino acids

Examples of decarboxylase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These antibodies, found in excess in most people with SPS, block the glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) enzyme, which is important to the production of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitter. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 28 Feb. 2024 Respective implications of glutamate decarboxylase antibodies in stiff person syndrome and cerebellar ataxia. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 14 Feb. 2011 Genetic tests later diagnosed Audrey with a condition known as aromatic l-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency, caused by mutations in a single gene. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 18 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of decarboxylase was in 1940

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“Decarboxylase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decarboxylase. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

decarboxylase

noun
de·​car·​box·​yl·​ase ˌdē-kär-ˈbäk-sə-ˌlās, -ˌlāz How to pronounce decarboxylase (audio)
: any of a group of enzymes that accelerate decarboxylation especially of amino acids
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