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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a group of enzymes that are present in saliva, pancreatic juice, and parts of plants and catalyze the hydrolysis of starch to sugar to produce carbohydrate derivatives.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a class of digestive enzymes, present in saliva, that break down complex carbohydrates such as starch into simpler sugars such as glucose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ferment which will convert starch into dextrose: it occurs widely distributed in both the animal and the vegetable world. Same as diastase or amylolytic ferment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of a group of proteins found in saliva and pancreatic juice and parts of plants; help convert starch to sugar

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