- An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of monocarboxylic amides to free acid plus NH3; ω-a. acts on amides such as α-ketoglutaramic acid and α-ketosuccinamic acid.
* * *am·i·dase 'am-ə-.dās, -.dāz n an enzyme that hydrolyzes acid amides usu. with the liberation of ammonia
* * *am·i·dase (amґĭ-dās) 1. [EC 18.104.22.168] an enzyme of the hydrolase class that catalyzes the formation of a monocarboxylic acid and ammonia by cleavage of the CN bond of a monocarboxylic acid amide. 2. more generally, a term used in the recommended and trivial names of some amidohydrolases, particularly those acting on linear amides [EC 3.5.1].
Medical dictionary. 2011.