an enzyme, found in plants and animals, that catalyzes the oxidation of the amino acid tyrosine and is involved in the formation of the dark pigment melanin
Origin of tyrosinasefrom tyrosine + -ase
Any of a family of copper-containing enzymes found in animal and plant tissues, fungi, and bacteria, that catalyze the oxidation of phenolic compounds and are responsible for production of the pigment melanin from tyrosine and for the browning of fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms when cut and exposed to air.
(countable and uncountable, plural tyrosinases)
tyrosine +"Ž -ase