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Meaning of protease

pro•te•ase

Pronunciation: (prō'tē-ās", -āz"), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. any of a group of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolytic degradation of proteins or polypeptides to smaller amino acid polymers.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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