reductase

noun

re·​duc·​tase ri-ˈdək-ˌtās How to pronounce reductase (audio)
-ˌtāz
: an enzyme that catalyzes reduction

Examples of reductase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bacterial strains that metabolized bilirubin using bilirubin reductase all came from species that were found to belong to a single clade (the researchers informally referred to it as the bilirubin reductase clade). Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 27 Jan. 2024 Some people have a genetic variant of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene and cannot fully convert folic acid into the active form of folate, 5-MTHF. Lainey Younkin, Ms, Rd, Verywell Health, 22 Mar. 2024 The enzyme that has eluded us for so long is now known as bilirubin reductase. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 27 Jan. 2024 Key Takeaways Researchers have discovered that urine is yellow because of an enzyme called bilirubin reductase that’s made by certain microbes in the gut. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 12 Jan. 2024 Now, researchers have published a study showing that pee’s yellow hue is caused by an enzyme called bilirubin reductase (BilR), which is produced by certain microbes in the gut. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 12 Jan. 2024 Finasteride belongs to a class of drugs called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors that block the conversion of testosterone into the more bioactive form of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Elizabeth Boskey, Verywell Health, 5 June 2023 Second, the drug works by inhibiting an enzyme involved in cholesterol production called HMG-CoA reductase. Brad Reisfeld, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2023 In it, the expert explained that this particular ingredient is known to influence the 5-alpha reductase enzyme, one that has been known to convert testosterone into DHT. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 8 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reductase was in 1902

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“Reductase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reductase. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

reductase

noun
re·​duc·​tase -ˌtās, -ˌtāz How to pronounce reductase (audio)
: an enzyme that catalyzes chemical reduction
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