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Medical Term:

lipooxygenase

Pronunciation: lip-ooks'i-jen-as, lip-oks'i-jen-as

Definition: Any of a family of enzymes that convert unsaturated fatty acids to peroxides; important in the synthesis of leukotrienes from arachidonic acid.

Synonym(s): carotene oxidase, lipoxidase

[lipo- + oxygen + -ase]

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