phosphatase

noun
phos·​pha·​tase | \ˈfäs-fə-ˌtās, -ˌtāz\

Definition of phosphatase 

: an enzyme that accelerates the hydrolysis and synthesis of organic esters of phosphoric acid and the transfer of phosphate groups to other compounds:

a : alkaline phosphatase

b : acid phosphatase

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So Halámek and his team focused on levels of alkaline phosphatase (ALP), an enzyme found in blood, to determine age. National Geographic, "We Can Now Tell a Person’s Age Range From Crime Scene Blood," 29 June 2016 You're stumped because of all the protein phosphatase 1 coursing through your brain. Brendan I. Koerner, WIRED, "The Super Power Issue8 Super Powers," 1 Aug. 2003

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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phosphatase

noun
phos·​pha·​tase | \ˈfäs-fə-ˌtās, -ˌtāz \

Medical Definition of phosphatase 

: an enzyme that accelerates the hydrolysis and synthesis of organic esters of phosphoric acid and the transfer of phosphate groups to other compounds:

a : alkaline phosphatase

b : acid phosphatase

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