noun[mass noun] Biochemistry
An enzyme, found chiefly in saliva and pancreatic fluid, that converts starch and glycogen into simple sugars.
- You need a supplement that provides all of the three main groups of enzymes - amylase, protease and lipase - to break down fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
- The purpose of all this is to bring about chemical changes, of which the most important is the secretion by the growing embryo of an enzyme, amylase, which converts starch in the grain to maltose, a sugar.
- Liver enzymes, amylase, and lipase were normal, as was an upper abdominal ultrasound examination.
For editors and proofreaders
Line breaks: amyl|ase
Definition of amylase in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.