One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a group of enzymes which bring about the hydrolysis of terminal phosphate groups from organic molecules; a phosphatase.
1930s; earliest use found in Chemical Abstracts. From phospho- + mono- + esterase, after German Phosphomonoesterase (S. Uzawa in Jrnl. Biochem. ((Tokyo)) 15 20).
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