neuraminidase

noun neur·amin·i·dase \ ˌnu̇r-ə-ˈmi-nə-ˌdās , 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

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Origin and Etymology of 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 \

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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