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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: fos-for'i-las

Definition: An enzyme cleaving poly(1,4-a-d-glucosyl)n with orthophosphate to form poly(1,4-a-d-glucosyl)n-1 and a-d-glucose 1-phosphate. The active form of the enzyme is a phosphorylated protein.

Synonym(s): a-glucan phosphorylase, glycogen phosphorylase, P enzyme, phosphorylase a, polyphosphorylase

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