pectase


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pec·tase

 (pĕk′tās′, -tāz′)

pectase

(ˈpɛkteɪs)
n
(Elements & Compounds) an enzyme occurring in certain ripening fruits: involved in transforming pectin into a soluble form
[C19: from pectin + -ase]

pec•tase

(ˈpɛk teɪs, -teɪz)

n.
an enzyme occurring in various fruits, involved in the formation of pectic acid from pectin.
[1865–70]
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Well known enzymes include pepsin which decomposes proteins into simple amino acids; amylase which breaks down starch into simple soluble sugars; and pectase which converts adhesive pectin in the coffee cherry into soluble, easily washed out compounds.