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

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

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The gene causes the chestnut to produce oxalate oxidase, an enzyme that detoxifies the blight’s acid. Julia Rosen, latimes.com, "Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering?," 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, "Science Saves an Old Chestnut," 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, "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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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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