Cellulase



any of several enzymes, produced primarily by fungi and bacteria, that catalyze the hydrolysis of cellulose.
Historical Examples

noun
any enzyme that converts cellulose to the disaccharide cellobiose

cellulase cel·lu·lase (sěl’yə-lās’, -lāz’)
n.
Any of several enzymes produced chiefly by fungi, bacteria, and protozoans that catalyze the hydrolysis of cellulose.
cellulase
(sěl’yə-lās’)
Any of several enzymes produced chiefly by fungi, bacteria, and protozoans that catalyze the breakdown of cellulose. Protozoans in the guts of termites produce the cellulase needed for the termites to digest wood.

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    a minute cell. Historical Examples noun a very small cell cellule cel·lule (sěl’yōōl) n. A small cell.

  • Cellulicidal

    cellulicidal cel·lu·li·cid·al (sěl’yə-lĭ-sīd’l) adj. Destructive to cells.



  • Cellulifugal

    cellulifugal cel·lu·lif·u·gal (sěl’yə-lĭf’yə-gəl, -lĭf’ə-) adj. Moving from, repelling, or extending away from a cell or cell body.

  • Cellulipetal

    cellulipetal cel·lu·lip·e·tal (sěl’yə-lĭp’ĭ-tl) adj. Moving or extending toward a cell or cell body.



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