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’) n. A bacterial enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of asparagine and is used in the treatment of leukemia.
a white, crystalline, amino acid, NH 2 COCH 2 CH(NH 2)COOH, soluble in water, obtained from certain plants, especially legumes, and used chiefly as a nutrient in culture media for certain bacteria. Symbol: N. Abbreviation: Asn; Historical Examples The diuretic action is extremely feeble, and neither the plant nor asparagine is now used medicinally. Encyclopaedia […]
any plant of the genus Asparagus, of the lily family, especially A. officianalis, cultivated for its edible shoots. the shoots, eaten as a vegetable. Contemporary Examples Cheese biscuits, asparagus spears with garlic and saffron mayonnaise, and mixed salted, roasted nuts. We Are Off to the Races!! Lydia Brownlow June 6, 2011 My Dad was a […]
- Asparagus bean
a trailing, long-stemmed Asian vine, Vigna unguiculata sesquipedalis, of the legume family, having yellow or violet flowers and very long pods.