hy·​dro·​lase ˈhī-drə-ˌlās How to pronounce hydrolase (audio)
: a hydrolytic enzyme

Examples of hydrolase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Senior author Benoît Boachon, a plant biochemist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, says most plants keep GGP and NUDX1 hydrolase in another area called the plastids. Jocelyn Solis-Moreira, Popular Science, 3 May 2023 To create a strong and sweet aroma, flowers need a ton of NUDX1 hydrolase activity. Jocelyn Solis-Moreira, Popular Science, 3 May 2023 The researchers found that an enzyme called soluble epoxide hydrolase, or sEH, which is more abundant in the colons of obese people, is responsible for colin inflammation, which can be an early signal of colon cancer. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Apr. 2018

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin hydrolysis + International Scientific Vocabulary -ase

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hydrolase was in 1910

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Cite this Entry

“Hydrolase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrolase. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition


hy·​dro·​lase ˈhī-drə-ˌlās, -ˌlāz How to pronounce hydrolase (audio)
: a hydrolytic enzyme (as an esterase)

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