enzyme en"zyme ([e^]n"z[imac]m), n. [Pref. en- (Gr. 'en in) + Gr. zy`mh leaven.] (Physiol. Chem.) A protein produced by a living organism, capable of catalyzing a chemical reaction. Almost all processes in living organisms require some form of enzyme to cause the reactions to occur at a rate sufficient to support life. There are a very wide variety of enzymes, each specifically catalyzing a different chemical reaction, the sum of which cause the bulk of the physiological changes observed as life processes. Enzymes, like most proteins, are synthesized by the protein-synthetic mechanism of the living cell, at special sites on ribosomes, using the genetic information in messenger RNA transcribed from the genetic instructions stored as nuleotide sequences in the DNA (or in some viruses, the RNA) of the genome. Some examples of enzymes are: pepsin, diastase, rennet, DNA polymerase, invertase, glucose oxidase, protease, and ribonuclease. There are many other types of enzyme. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Note: The 1913 Webster defined an enzyme as: An unorganized or unformed ferment, in distinction from an organized or living ferment; a soluble, or chemical, ferment. [PJC]

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  • Enzyme —   [zu griechisch en »in« und zýmē »Sauerteig«], Singular Enzym das, s, Biokatalysatoren, veraltete Bezeichnung: Fermẹnte, in allen lebenden Organismen vorkommende, intrazellulär gebildete, hochmolekulare Eiweißstoffe (Proteine), die chemische… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • enzyme — [ ɑ̃zim ] n. f. ACAD. ou m. • 1878; gr. en « dans » et zumê « levain » ♦ Biochim. Substance protéique qui catalyse, accélère une réaction biochimique. ⇒ apoenzyme, coenzyme; vx diastase, ferment, zymase. Il existe un grand nombre d enzymes… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Enzyme — (griech.), eiweißartige Körper, die fermentartig wirken, in Pflanzen und Tieren weit verbreitet sind und in deren Lebensprozeß eine große Rolle spielen. Über ihre Zusammensetzung ist nichts Sicheres bekannt, über gemeinsame Eigenschaften läßt… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • enzyme — 1881, as a biochemical term, from Ger. Enzym, coined 1878 by German physiologist Wilhelm Kühne (1837 1900), from Modern Gk. enzymos leavened, from en in (see EN (Cf. en ) (2)) + zyme leaven (see ZYMURGY (Cf. zymurgy)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • enzyme — ► NOUN ▪ a substance produced by a living organism and acting as a catalyst to promote a specific biochemical reaction. DERIVATIVES enzymatic adjective enzymic adjective. ORIGIN from modern Greek enzumos leavened …   English terms dictionary

  • enzyme — [en′zīm΄] n. [Ger enzym < LGr enzymos, leavened < Gr en , in + zymē, leaven (see ZYME)] any of various proteins, formed in plant and animal cells or made synthetically, that act as organic catalysts in initiating or speeding up specific… …   English World dictionary

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