hexokinase

noun

hexo·​ki·​nase ˌhek-sə-ˈkī-ˌnās How to pronounce hexokinase (audio)
-ˌnāz
: any of a group of enzymes that accelerate the phosphorylation of hexoses (as in the formation of glucose-6-phosphate from glucose and ATP) in carbohydrate metabolism

Word History

Etymology

hexose + kinase

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hexokinase was in 1930

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“Hexokinase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hexokinase. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

hexokinase

noun

hexo·​ki·​nase ˌhek-sə-ˈkī-ˌnās, -ˌnāz How to pronounce hexokinase (audio)
: any of a group of enzymes that accelerate the phosphorylation of hexoses (as in the formation of glucose-6-phosphate from glucose and ATP) in carbohydrate metabolism

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