dextranase

noun

dex·​tran·​ase ˈdek-strə-ˌnās How to pronounce dextranase (audio)
-ˌnāz
: a hydrolase that prevents tooth decay by breaking down dextran and eliminating dental plaque

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dextranase was circa 1949

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“Dextranase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dextranase. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

dextranase

noun
dex·​tran·​ase -strə-ˌnās, -ˌnāz How to pronounce dextranase (audio)
: a hydrolase that prevents tooth decay by breaking down dextran and eliminating plaque
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