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Meaning of amylase

am•yl•ase

Pronunciation: (am'u-lās", -lāz"), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. any of a widely distributed class of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of starch, glycogen, and related polysaccharides to oligosaccharides, maltose, or glucose.
  2. any of several digestive enzymes that break down starches.
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