Cofactor



[koh-fak-ter] /ˈkoʊˌfæk tər/

noun
1.
Biochemistry. any of various organic or inorganic substances necessary to the function of an enzyme.
2.
Mathematics.

/ˈkəʊˌfæktə/
noun
1.
(maths) a number associated with an element in a square matrix, equal to the determinant of the matrix formed by removing the row and column in which the element appears from the given determinant See minor
2.
(biochem) a nonprotein substance that forms a complex with certain enzymes and is essential for their activity. It may be a metal ion or a coenzyme

cofactor co·fac·tor (kō’fāk’tər)
n.
A substance, such as a metallic iron or coenzyme, that must be associated with an enzyme for the substance to function.
cofactor
(kō’fāk’tər)
A substance, such as a metallic ion or a coenzyme, that must be associated with an enzyme for the enzyme to function. Cofactors work by changing the shape of an enzyme or by actually participating in the enzymatic reaction.

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