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Medical Term:

phospholipase A2


Definition: an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of a lecithin to a lysolecithin by removing the 2-acyl group; also acts on other phospholipids by removing a fatty acid from the 2-position; this enzyme has an important role in prostaglandin and leukotriene biosynthesis.

Synonym(s): lecithinase A, phosphatidase, phosphatidolipase

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