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elastase Line breaks: elas|tase
Pronunciation: /ɪˈlasteɪz/

Definition of elastase in English:


[mass noun] Biochemistry
A pancreatic enzyme which digests elastin.
Example sentences
  • In a related experiment, articular cartilage was incubated for two days with the enzyme elastase, which specifically digests the collagen fibers.
  • Big, long, expensive programs against enzymes like elastase and thrombin went on year after year, but no one could get the things to quite work well enough.
  • Additional indentation tests were performed at the nanometer and micrometer scales on native articular cartilage to study the effects of the enzymes cathepsin D and elastase.


1940s: from elastic + -ase.

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