from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a group of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of fats into glycerol and fatty acids.
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- n. Any of a group of enzymes which catalyses the hydrolysis of lipids.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A widely distributed ferment occurring in both the animal and the vegetable world, which splits fats into fatty acids and glycerin, is also capable of bringing about the synthesis of fats, and is thus reversible in its action. The synthetic activity of this ferment was first demonstrated by Kastle and Loeven-hart, and Hanriot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an enzyme secreted in the digestive tract that catalyzes the breakdown of fats into individual fatty acids that can be absorbed into the bloodstream
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