Phosphodiesterase

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phosphodiesterase

(Science: enzyme) An enzyme that cleaves phosphodiesters to give a phosphomonoester and a free hydroxyl group.

Examples include rNase, dNase, phospholipases C and D and the enzymes that convert cyclic nucleotides to the monoester forms. In casual usage the cAMP phosphodiesterase is usually meant.