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Chitinase

Definition
noun, plural: chitinases
An enzyme that cleaves the glycosidic bonds in chitin, thereby breaking down the polysaccharide structural component of the hard outer covering of many animals and of the cell wall of fungi.
Supplement
Chitinases are believed to have been produced by anorganism to dissolve its chitin or to reshape/restructure its chitin.
Word origin: chitin + –ase (suffix used in names of enzymes).


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