penicillinase

noun
pen·​i·​cil·​lin·​ase | \ ˌpe-nə-ˈsi-lə-ˌnās, -ˌnāz\

Definition of penicillinase 

: beta-lactamase specifically : a beta-lactamase that hydrolyzes and inactivates penicillin

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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penicillinase

noun
pen·​i·​cil·​lin·​ase | \ -ˈsil-ə-ˌnās, -ˌnāz \

Medical Definition of penicillinase 

: beta-lactamase specifically : a beta-lactamase that hydrolyzes and inactivates penicillin

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