superoxide dismutase

noun
superoxide dis·mut·ase | \-dis-ˈmyü-ˌtās, -ˌtāz\

Definition of superoxide dismutase 

: a metal-containing antioxidant enzyme that reduces harmful free radicals of oxygen formed during normal metabolic cell processes to oxygen and hydrogen peroxide

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Dogs with two copies of a mutation in the gene superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) are at risk for the disease, but not all dogs with the mutation will develop the disease. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Tests suggest new hope for dogs with a common disease | The Sacramento Bee," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of superoxide dismutase

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for superoxide dismutase

dismutation (simultaneous oxidation and reduction) + -ase

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superoxide dismutase

noun
superoxide dis·mu·tase | \-ˈdis-myü-ˌtās \

Medical Definition of superoxide dismutase 

: a metal-containing antioxidant enzyme that reduces potentially harmful free radicals of oxygen formed during normal metabolic cell processes to oxygen and hydrogen peroxide abbreviation SOD

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