zymogen

noun zy·mo·gen \ ˈzī-mə-jən \

Definition of zymogen

: 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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zymogen

noun zy·mo·gen \ ˈzī-mə-jən \

medical Definition of zymogen

: 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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