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diastase

(dī`əstās'): see amylaseamylase
, enzyme having physiological, commercial, and historical significance, also called diastase. It is found in both plants and animals. Amylase was purified (1835) from malt by Anselme Payen and Jean Persoz.
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diastase

[′di·ə‚stās]
(biochemistry)
An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of starch to maltose. Also known as vegetable diastase.
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diastase

any of a group of enzymes that hydrolyse starch to maltose. They are present in germinated barley and in the pancreas
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