nitrogenase

noun
ni·​tro·​ge·​nase | \ nī-ˈträ-jə-ˌnās How to pronounce nitrogenase (audio) , ˈnī-trə-jə-, -ˌnāz How to pronounce nitrogenase (audio) \

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 How to pronounce nitrogenase (audio) , ˈnī-trə-jə- How to pronounce nitrogenase (audio) , -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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