phosphodiesterase

noun
phos·​pho·​di·​es·​ter·​ase | \ ˌfäs-(ˌ)fō-dī-ˈe-stə-ˌrās How to pronounce phosphodiesterase (audio) , -ˌrāz \

Definition of phosphodiesterase

: a phosphatase (as from snake venom) that acts on diesters (such as some nucleotides) to hydrolyze only one of the two ester groups

Examples of phosphodiesterase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To do so, the active ingredient in the drug inhibits an enzyme called phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) found in blood vessel walls. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Your erectile dysfunction pill could make you see red (or blue)," 7 Feb. 2020

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Phosphodiesterase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phosphodiesterase. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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phosphodiesterase

noun
phos·​pho·​di·​es·​ter·​ase | \ -dī-ˈes-tə-ˌrās, -ˌrāz How to pronounce phosphodiesterase (audio) \

Medical Definition of phosphodiesterase

: a phosphatase (as from snake venom) that acts on diesters (as some nucleotides) to hydrolyze only one of the two ester groups

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