ribonuclease

noun
ri·​bo·​nu·​cle·​ase | \ ˌrī-bō-ˈnü-klē-ˌās How to pronounce ribonuclease (audio) , -ˈnyü-, -ˌāz \

Definition of ribonuclease

: an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of RNA

called also RNase

Examples of ribonuclease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The finding that extracellular miRNAs circulate in body fluids, despite the presence of ribonuclease, indicates that mechanisms exist to protect miRNAs from degradation. Chao Yan, Scientific American, 17 June 2020 To amplify the signal of ribosomal RNA, Tosar added compounds known as ribonuclease inhibitors to the samples, which block naturally occurring enzymes from digesting RNA. Roxanne Khamsi, Scientific American, 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of ribonuclease

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Ribonuclease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ribonuclease. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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ribonuclease

noun
ri·​bo·​nu·​cle·​ase | \ ˌrī-bō-ˈn(y)ü-klē-ˌās, -ˌāz How to pronounce ribonuclease (audio) \

Medical Definition of ribonuclease

: an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of RNA

called also RNase

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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about ribonuclease

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