Definition of pyocyanase in English:

pyocyanase

noun

Medicine
historical
  • An antibiotic preparation, originally thought to be an enzyme, obtained from cultures of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa and formerly used to treat diphtheria and other infections.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From German Pyocyanase from pyocyan- (in scientific Latin pyocyaneus, former specific epithet of the source bacterium; from pyo- + classical Latin cyaneus, after pyocyanine or its etymon French pyocyanine) + German -ase.

Pronunciation

pyocyanase

/ˌpʌɪə(ʊ)ˈsʌɪəneɪz/