nitrogenase

noun
ni·tro·ge·nase | \nī-ˈträ-jə-ˌnās, ˈnī-trə-jə-, -ˌnāz \

Definition of nitrogenase 

: an enzyme of various nitrogen-fixing bacteria that catalyzes the reduction of molecular nitrogen to ammonia

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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nitrogenase

noun
ni·tro·ge·nase | \nī-ˈträj-ə-ˌnās, ˈnī-trə-jə-, -ˌnāz\

Medical Definition of nitrogenase 

: an iron- and molybdenum-containing enzyme of various nitrogen-fixing microorganisms (as some bacteria) that catalyzes the reduction of molecular nitrogen to ammonia

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