any of a class of enzymes that act as catalysts in chemical reactions in which molecules are linked together, as in the synthesis and repair of DNA or in the formation of recombinant DNA
Origin of ligase; from Classical Latin ligare (see ligature) + -ase
Any of a class of enzymes that catalyze the linkage of two large molecules.
Origin of ligaseLatin ligare, to bind; see leig- in Indo-European roots + –ase.
From Latin lig(are) (“to bind") +"Ž -ase.