Definition of phospholipase in US English:



  • An enzyme that hydrolyzes lecithin or a similar phospholipid.

    • ‘UVC might lead to membrane perturbation resulting in activation of a phospholipase that releases linolenic acid, the precursor for oxylipin synthesis.’
    • ‘The degree of association varies greatly with the phospholipase.’
    • ‘Thus, the mode of action of the phospholipase on the synthetic substrate methyl-FLIP is the same as on its natural substrate.’
    • ‘A recent study indicated that ExoU is a member of the phospholipase A family of enzymes, possessing phospholipase A2 activity.’
    • ‘Secretory phospholipase A 2 has been studied for many years as a model for the action of an enzyme at a lipid/water interface.’