an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of to aspartic acid and ammonia, used in the treatment of acute lymphocytic leukemia.

asparaginase as·par·a·gin·ase (ə-spār’ə-jə-nās’, -nāz’)
A bacterial enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of asparagine and is used in the treatment of leukemia.


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