Endo-1,4-β-glucase; an enzyme catalyzing the hydrolysis of 1,4-β-glucoside links in cellulose, lichenin, and other β-d-glucans; found in a variety of microorganisms in soil and in the digestive tracts of herbivores. Used to produce digestive tablets and in the removal of cellulose from foods for special diets.

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cel·lu·lase 'sel-yə-.lās, -.lāz n an enzyme that hydrolyzes cellulose

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cel·lu·lase (selґu-lās) [EC] an enzyme of the hydrolase class that catalyzes the cleavage of internal β-(1,4) glycosidic linkages, such as occur in cellulose. It occurs in various bacteria, fungi, plants, and more simple animals but is absent from higher animals.

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