Definition of diastase in English:


Syllabification: di·a·stase
Pronunciation: /ˈdīəˌstās, -ˌstāz


  • another term for amylase.
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    • 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.


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

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