ptyalin


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pty·a·lin

 (tī′ə-lĭn)
n.
A form of amylase in the saliva of humans and certain other animals that catalyzes the hydrolysis of starch into maltose and dextrin.

[Greek ptualon, saliva (from ptūein, to spit) + -in.]

ptyalin

(ˈtaɪəlɪn)
n
(Biochemistry) biochem an amylase secreted in the saliva of man and other animals
[C19: from Greek ptualon saliva, from ptuein to spit]

pty•a•lin

(ˈtaɪ ə lɪn)

n.
an enzyme in the saliva that converts starch into dextrin and maltose.
[1835–45; < Greek ptýal(on) spittle, saliva + -in1]

pty·a·lin

(tī′ə-lĭn)
An enzyme found in saliva that breaks down starches into sugars.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ptyalin - an amylase secreted in saliva
saliva, spittle, spit - a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches
amylase - any of a group of proteins found in saliva and pancreatic juice and parts of plants; help convert starch to sugar
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It contains an enzyme called ptyalin that aids in the initial digestion of starches, which is a necessary component of oral health.
If held in the mouth for thirty seconds, it stimulates ptyalin secretion for starch digestion as well as stimulates gastric enzyme secretion.
High alkaline levels inhibit ptyalin, one of the main digestive enzymes in saliva, from breaking down foods properly.