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Medical Term:

chitinase

Pronunciation: kī′ti-nās

Definition: An enzyme catalyzing the random hydrolysis of β(1→4) linkages in chitin (ultimately releasing N-acetyl-d-glucosamine); some enzymes of this type display lysozyme activity.

Synonym(s): poly-β-glucosaminidase

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