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proenzyme

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n proenzyme any of a group of compounds that are inactive precursors of enzymes and require some change (such as the hydrolysis of a fragment that masks an active enzyme) to become active
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Usage

In literature:

When in this stage, the compound is known as "proenzyme," or "zymogen.
"The Chemistry of Plant Life" by Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
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