AskDefine | Define esterase

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Noun

  1. Any enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of an ester

Extensive Definition

An esterase is a hydrolase enzyme that splits esters into an acid and an alcohol in a chemical reaction with water called hydrolysis.
A wide range of different esterases exist that differ in their substrate specificity, their protein structure, and their biological function.

EC classification/list of enzymes

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esterase in German: Esterase
esterase in Polish: Esterazy
esterase in Russian: Эстераза
esterase in Chinese: 酯酶
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