from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An amylase or a mixture of amylases that is found in milk and that converts starch to dextrin and maltose.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any one of a group of enzymes which catalyses the breakdown of starch into maltose; mostly amylase
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A soluble enzyme, capable of converting starch and dextrin into sugar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A substance existing in barley, oats, wheat, and potatoes after germination.
French, from Greek diastasis, separation; see diastasis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek διάστασις ("separation"). (Wiktionary)