Lyase meaning

līās
Any of a group of enzymes that catalyze the formation of double bonds by removing chemical groups from a substrate without hydrolysis or catalyze the addition of chemical groups to double bonds.
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Any of a class of enzymes that act as catalysts in chemical reactions involving double bonds.
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Any of a class of enzymes that catalyze the cleavage of bonds without hydrolysis or oxidation, often resulting in a new double bond or ring structure, or that catalyze the addition of chemical groups to double bonds.
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(biochemistry) Any of many classes of enzyme that catalyze the breaking of a specific form of bond.
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Origin of lyase

  • Greek lūein to loosen leu- in Indo-European roots –ase

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