trans·​fer·​ase | \ ˈtran(t)s-(ˌ)fər-ˌās How to pronounce transferase (audio) , -ˌāz \

Definition of transferase

: an enzyme that promotes transfer of a group from one molecule to another

Examples of transferase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The drug inhibits an enzyme, farnesyl transferase, that activates a number of proteins, some of which are involved in cancer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kura Oncology reports lymphoma success with cancer drug," 17 June 2019 Their argument centers on the relative simplicity of the ribosomal core, more formally known as the peptidyl transferase center (PTC). Quanta Magazine, "How to Build Life in a Pre-Darwinian World," 16 Feb. 2016

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Transferase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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trans·​fer·​ase | \ ˈtran(t)s-(ˌ)fər-ˌās, -ˌāz How to pronounce transferase (audio) \

Medical Definition of transferase

: an enzyme that promotes transfer of a group from one molecule to another

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