neuraminidase

noun
neur·​amin·​i·​dase | \ ˌnu̇r-ə-ˈmi-nə-ˌdās How to pronounce neuraminidase (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-, -ˌdāz\

Definition of neuraminidase

: a hydrolytic enzyme that occurs on the surface of the pneumococcus, influenza-causing viruses, and some paramyxoviruses as an antigen and that splits mucoproteins by breaking a glucoside link

First Known Use of neuraminidase

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neuraminidase

neuraminic acid, an amino acid + -ide + -ase

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neuraminidase

noun
neur·​amin·​i·​dase | \ ˌn(y)u̇r-ə-ˈmin-ə-ˌdās, -ˌdāz How to pronounce neuraminidase (audio) \

Medical Definition of neuraminidase

: a hydrolytic enzyme that occurs on the surface of the pneumococcus, the orthomyxoviruses, and some paramyxoviruses and that cleaves terminal acetylated neuraminic acids from sugar residues (as in glycoproteins and mucoproteins)

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