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any of several digestive enzymes that catalyze the removal of an amino acid from the end of a peptide chain having a free carbonyl group.

carboxypeptidase car·box·y·pep·ti·dase (kär-bŏk’sē-pěp’tĭ-dās’, -dāz’)
An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of a terminal amino acid from the end of a peptide or polypeptide that contains a free carboxyl group.


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