Definition of diastase in English:

diastase

Line breaks: dia|stase
Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪəsteɪz
 
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noun

Biochemistry
  • another term for amylase.
    More example sentences
    • Known as malting, this procedure releases the enzyme diastase, which converts the starches in grain to maltose sugar.
    • Histochemical stains (periodic acid-Schiff with and without diastase, Alcian blue at pH 2.5, and mucicarmine) were performed to characterize the nature of secretions.
    • Periodic acid-Schiff with diastase and mucin stains were also negative.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek diastasis 'separation', from dia 'apart' + stasis 'placing'.

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