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lipase

Line breaks: lip¦ase
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪpeɪz
 
, ˈlʌɪp-/

Definition of lipase in English:

noun

[mass noun] Biochemistry
A pancreatic enzyme that catalyses the breakdown of fats to fatty acids and glycerol or other alcohols.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Intriguingly, enzymes such as lipase, lysozyme, and subtilisin retained their activities in organic solvents.
  • Studies on lipase showed that enzyme catalysis, substrate binding, and substrate releasing correspond to different types of motion styles.

Origin

late 19th century: from Greek lipos 'fat' + -ase.

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