Definition of epimerize in English:

epimerize

(also epimerise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Chemistry
  • Convert from one epimeric form into the other.

    ‘enzymes which activate phenylalanine and epimerize it to the D-isomer’
    • ‘This generates UDP-galactose and G1P. The UDP-galactose is epimerized to UDP-glucose by UDP-galactose - 4 epimerase.’
    • ‘In contrast, when the 4'-ketone group of ABA is reduced to form the diols then the 1'-oxygen becomes labile and exchanges and even epimerizes and so also does the oxygen atom of the 4'-hydroxyl group.’

Pronunciation:

epimerize

/ɪˈpɪmərʌɪz//ɛˈpɪmərʌɪz/