in·​ver·​tase in-ˈvər-ˌtās How to pronounce invertase (audio)
ˈin-vər- How to pronounce invertase (audio)
: an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of sucrose

Examples of invertase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, Koschwanez found that cells that can’t produce invertase at all fare far better amidst groups of individuals than among clumps. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 10 Aug. 2011 The second counter, called a DNA invertase cascade, works in a similar manner, but is made from genes that code for a protein that both inactivates the original gene and primes the next for activation. Brandon Keim, WIRED, 28 May 2009

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First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of invertase was in 1884

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“Invertase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


in·​vert·​ase in-ˈvərt-ˌās How to pronounce invertase (audio) ˈin-vərt- How to pronounce invertase (audio)
: an enzyme found in many microorganisms and plants and in animal intestines that catalyzes the hydrolysis of sucrose

called also invertin, saccharase, sucrase

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