Luciferase definition

lo͝o-sĭfə-rās, -rāz
An oxidizing enzyme that acts with luciferin to produce light.
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An enzyme present in the cells of bioluminescent organisms that catalyzes the oxidation of luciferin and ATP, producing light.
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An enzyme present in the cells of bioluminescent organisms that catalyzes the oxidation of luciferin and ATP, producing light.
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(biochemistry) Any one of a group of enzymes that produce bioluminescence by oxidizing luciferin.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
luciferase
Plural:
luciferases

Origin of luciferase

  • lucifer(in) –ase

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