Definition of "enzyme" []

  • Any of numerous proteins or conjugated proteins produced by living organisms and functioning as biochemical catalysts. (noun)
  • Any of a group of complex proteins or conjugated proteins that are produced by living cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions (noun)

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Use "enzyme" in a sentence
  • "I think residual bromelain enzyme from the piña breaks down the gluten in the wheat flour."
  • "And scientists coined the word enzyme, denoting the remarkable protein molecules that living cells use to transform other molecules, from the Greek words for “in yeast,” where sugar is transformed into alcohol."
  • "This enzyme is responsible for the majority of starch digestion."