Ligase definition

līgās, -gāz
Any of a class of enzymes that catalyze the linkage of two large molecules.
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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.
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Any of a class of enzymes that catalyze the linkage of two large molecules.
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(biochemistry) Any of a group of enzymes that catalyze the binding of two molecules; synthetase.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ligase
Plural:
ligases

Origin of ligase

  • Latin ligāre to bind leig- in Indo-European roots –ase

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin lig(are) (“to bind") +"Ž -ase.

    From Wiktionary