esterase

noun es·ter·ase \ ˈe-stə-ˌrās , -ˌrāz \

Definition of esterase

: an enzyme that accelerates the hydrolysis or synthesis of esters

First Known Use of esterase

1910

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esterase

noun es·ter·ase \ ˈes-tə-ˌrās, -ˌrāz \

medical Definition of esterase

: an enzyme that accelerates the hydrolysis or synthesis of esters

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