Definition of nitroreductase in US English:

nitroreductase

noun

Biochemistry
  • Any enzyme that catalyses the reduction of a nitro group, usually to an amino group, in an organic molecule (typically as part of a drug-metabolizing pathway).

Origin

1950s. From nitro- + reductase. Compare slightly earlier nitroreduction.

Pronunciation

nitroreductase

/ˌnʌɪtrəʊrɪˈdʌkteɪz/