Definition of Anhydrase

1. Noun. (chemistry) An enzyme that catalyzes the removal of water from a material. ¹



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Medical Definition of Anhydrase

1. An enzyme that catalyses the removal of water from a compound; most such enzymes are now known as hydrases, hydro-lyases, or dehydratases. Carbonic anhydrase, a zinc-containing enzyme that catalyses the interconversion of CO2 with HCO3- and H+. There are at least seven human isozymes that appear predominantly in red blood cells, secretory tissues, muscle, etc. A deficiency of carbonic anhydrase II can result in osteopetrosis and metabolic acidosis. The inhibition of carbonic anhydrase IV and possibly carbonic anhydrase II by sulfonamides is a current therapy in the treatment of glaucoma. Synonym: carbonate dehydratase, carbonate hydro-lyase. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Anhydrase

anhidrosis
anhidrotics
anhima
anhimas
anhinga
anhingas
anhistic
anhistous
anholonomic
anholonomies
anhomomorphic
anhungered
anhungry
anhydrase (current term)
anhydrases
anhydrate
anhydration
anhydride
anhydrides
anhydrite
anhydrites
anhydro-
anhydrobiosis
anhydrobiotic
anhydroecgonine
anhydroelastase
anhydrogitalin
anhydroleucovorin

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