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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: de-as'il-as


  1. A member of the subclass of hydrolases (EC class 3), especially of that subclass of esterases, lipases, lactonases, and hydrolases (EC subclass 3.1).
  2. Any enzyme catalyzing the hydrolytic cleavage of an acyl group (R—CO—) in an ester linkage; also includes enzymes cleaving amide linkages (EC subclass 3.5) and similar acyl compounds.
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