1. Trivial name for enzymes in EC group 3.1.6, the sulphuric ester hydrolases, which catalyze the hydrolysis of sulphuric esters (sulfates) to the corresponding alcohols plus inorganic sulfate; includes aryl-, sterol, glycol-, chondroitin, choline-, cellulose, cerebroside, and chondro-sulfatases.

Synonyms: arylsulfatase.

(05 Mar 2000)