Neuraminidase meaning

no͝orə-mĭnĭ-dās, -dāz, nyo͝or-
A hydrolytic enzyme that removes sialic acid from mucoproteins and is found chiefly in microorganisms of the respiratory and intestinal tracts.
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A hydrolytic enzyme that removes sialic acid from glycoproteins and is found in many cells and viruses. It occurs on the surface of influenza viruses and enables the release of newly replicated viruses from infected cells.
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(biochemistry) An antigenic enzyme, found on the surfaces of viruses, that catalyzes the hydrolysis of terminal acylneuraminic residues from oligosaccharides, glycoproteins, and glycolipids.
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Origin of neuraminidase

  • neuramin(ic acid) (neur(o)–) (amin(e)) –id(e) –ase

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

  • -ase

    From Wiktionary