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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  • Too much idle time decreases the production of lipoprotein lipase, or LPL, that's vital to healthy processing of fat.

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  • Dr. Edward Korn (an old and dear friend at NIH) had established clearing factor as lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that hydrolyzed the triglycerides in chylomicrons, the principle form of fat circulating in the bloodstream.

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  • The drug orlistat (also known as Xenical) and its over-the-counter smaller size (Alli) work by inhibiting the digestion of fat—specifically by blocking the enzyme lipase, which is responsible for breaking down dietary fats to prepare them for bile and absorption.

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  • “From what I understand, the enzyme used to clean arteries is a form of lipase, which is as old as mankind itself.”

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  • Among the many enzymes detected, MAGL-a type of enzyme, called a lipase, that breaks down stored fats, or lipids-stood out as being highly elevated in aggressive cancers.


  • [4] Another type of the digestive enzymes is pancreatic lipase, which is usually used in breaking down the fat.

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  • Orlistat* is a gastrointestinal lipase inhibitor that impairs the absorption of dietary fat.

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  • After a study meal containing a dose of the two special fats, PA, being a free fatty acid is absorbed independent of pancreatic enzymes, whereas THA requires hydrolysis by pancreatic lipase before absorption.


  • First you ripen 1 gallon of milk with a bit of citric acid, lipase, and calcium chloride.

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  • Bil - There was more than enough of the rennet, calcium cloride, citric acid & lipase to make 4 or 5 batches of cheese I can't remember exactly.

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