ure·​ase | \ ˈyu̇r-ē-ˌās How to pronounce urease (audio) , -ˌāz \

Definition of urease

: an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of urea

Examples of urease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Further detective work published in 2014 in PNAS revealed that the culprit was a protein called urease. Quanta Magazine, "The Mutant Genes Behind the Black Death," 6 Oct. 2015 While Hinnebusch was working on urease, Lathem was examining another small genetic change that allowed the plague to defeat one of the body’s main defense mechanisms: blood clots. Quanta Magazine, "The Mutant Genes Behind the Black Death," 6 Oct. 2015

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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“Urease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urease. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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ure·​ase | \ ˈyu̇r-ē-ˌās, -ˌāz How to pronounce urease (audio) \

Medical Definition of urease

: a crystallizable enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of urea into ammonia and carbon dioxide, is present in the alkaline fermentation of urine, and is produced by many bacteria and found in various seeds

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