ox·​i·​dase | \ ˈäk-sə-ˌdās How to pronounce oxidase (audio) , -ˌdāz \

Definition of oxidase

: any of various enzymes that catalyze oxidations especially : one able to react directly with molecular oxygen

Other Words from oxidase

oxidasic \ ˌäk-​sə-​ˈdā-​sik How to pronounce oxidase (audio) , -​zik \ adjective

Examples of oxidase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another enzyme goes to work — glucose oxidase — which converts some of the glucose into gluconic acid that will help preserve the honey. Berly Mccoy, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Oct. 2021 When printed on fabric and worn, pH indicators could lend insight into skin health or dehydration; lactate oxidase could measure a wearer’s fatigue levels. Jillian Kramer, Scientific American, 3 July 2020 The gene causes the chestnut to produce oxalate oxidase, an enzyme that detoxifies the blight’s acid. Julia Rosen, latimes.com, 25 June 2019 Scientists use a gene from bread wheat that produces an enzyme called oxalate oxidase, which prevents the fungus from forming cankers on plant stems. Hank Campbell, WSJ, 19 June 2019 For instance, while several groups of scientists have found that glucose oxidase can produce electricity in biofuel cells implanted in lab rats, the enzyme also generates hydrogen peroxide, a common bleach. Charles Q. Choi, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2018 That thinking falls in line with the fact that people who have a genetic defect in their NADPH oxidase gene have a much higher risk of getting an invasive fungal infection during their lifetime. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 8 Sep. 2017 The reason that apples turn brown soon after their fleshy innards are exposed is an enzyme known as polyphenol oxidase, or PPO. Danny Lewis, Smithsonian, 23 Jan. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of oxidase

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Oxidase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxidase. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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ox·​i·​dase | \ ˈäk-sə-ˌdās, -ˌdāz How to pronounce oxidase (audio) \

Medical Definition of oxidase

: any of various enzymes that catalyze oxidations especially : one able to react directly with molecular oxygen

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