Definition of scissile in English:

scissile

adjective

Biochemistry
  • (of a chemical bond) readily undergoing scission.

    • ‘We find, however, that the putative sodium ion binding site is near the scissile bond of PC activation.’
    • ‘Such differences among PC and other VKD proteins in charge distributions around the scissile bond may require different conditions for the initial approach of the zymogen to its enzyme for its activation.’
    • ‘The scissile groups are P3 and P11, respectively.’
    • ‘Cross-linking studies of IN with DNA revealed that residues in this region could be cross-linked to DNA close to the reactive phosphate (i.e., the scissile bond), placing the loop near the substrate during the reaction.’
    • ‘Crystal structures help to orientate the scissile bond in the enzyme complex structure.’
    divisible, distinguishable, distinct, independent
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin scissilis, from sciss- cut, divided, from the verb scindere.

Pronunciation:

scissile

/ˈsɪsʌɪl/