sulfatase

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noun sul·fa·tase \ ˈsəl-fə-ˌtās , -ˌtāz \

Definition of sulfatase

:any of various esterases that accelerate the hydrolysis of sulfuric esters and that are found in animal tissues and in microorganisms (such as bacteria)

Origin and Etymology of sulfatase


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sulfatase

noun sul·fa·tase
variants: or chiefly British sulphatase play \ˈsəl-fə-ˌtās, -ˌtāz\

medical Definition of sulfatase

:any of various esterases that accelerate the hydrolysis of sulfuric esters and that are found in animal tissues and in microorganisms

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