n. (context enzyme English) Any of several enzymes capable of cleaving the phosphodiester bonds between the nucleotide subunits of nucleic acids.
n. general term for enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of nucleic acid by cleaving chains of nucleotides into smaller units
A nuclease is an enzyme capable of cleaving the phosphodiester bonds between the nucleotide subunits of nucleic acids. Older publications may use terms such as "polynucleotidase" or "nucleodepolymerase".
Usage examples of "nuclease".
It had held the mixture of restriction nucleases and DNA ligases that was commonly used to insert genes into bacterial plasmids for cloning, either for identification of gene product or use in gengineering.
Radioactive nucleases, monoclonal antibodies, something to do with the linkage of proteins, nucleotides .