li·​gase ˈlī-ˌgās How to pronounce ligase (audio)

Examples of ligase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alternatively, a special kind of viral ligase protein — which glues nucleic acids together — may have joined the dissimilar DNA and RNA strands, with the resultant hybrid code then replicated into DNA. Sarah Zhang, Discover Magazine, 23 Apr. 2012 Gottesman worked with Martin Gellert, who had at that point just discovered the enzyme DNA ligase, the central enzyme for DNA replication and repair. Viviane Callier, Wired, 6 Sep. 2021

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary lig- (from Latin ligare) + -ase

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ligase was in 1961

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“Ligase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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