oxidase

noun
ox·i·dase | \ˈäk-sə-ˌdās, -ˌdāz\

Definition of oxidase 

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

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oxidasic \ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-sik, -zik \ adjective

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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, "Your Heartbeat Could Power a Smartphone," 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, "We inhale up to 10 billion mold spores daily; here’s why you haven’t died yet," 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, "The First Non-Browning GMO Apples Slated to Hit Shelves Next Month," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of oxidase

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oxidase was in 1896

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oxidase

noun
ox·i·dase | \ˈäk-sə-ˌdās, -ˌdāz \

Medical Definition of oxidase 

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

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