Definition of diastase in English:

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diastase

Pronunciation: /ˈdīəˌstās/ Pronunciation: /ˈdīəˌstāz/

noun

Biochemistry
Another term for amylase.
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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Syllabification: di·a·stase

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