zymogen

noun

zy·​mo·​gen ˈzī-mə-jən How to pronounce zymogen (audio)
: an inactive protein precursor of an enzyme secreted by living cells and converted (as by a kinase or an acid) into an active form

called also proenzyme

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First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zymogen was in 1877

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“Zymogen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zymogen. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

zymogen

noun
zy·​mo·​gen ˈzī-mə-jən How to pronounce zymogen (audio)
: an inactive protein precursor of an enzyme secreted by living cells and converted (as by a kinase or an acid) into an active form

called also proenzyme

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