A hydrolytic enzyme that removes sialic acid from mucoproteins and is found chiefly in microorganisms of the respiratory and intestinal tracts.
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.
Origin of neuraminidase
- neuramin(ic acid) (neur(o)–) (amin(e)) –id(e) –ase
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition