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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This secretion contains salts, proteins, and the enzyme ptyalin (Bloom and Fawcett, 1976).
Through chewing the enzyme ptyalin becomes active, which is necessary for the digestion of certain sugars.
Spices have been reported to increase secretion of amylase and hexosamine including ptyalin which facilitates digestion of starch in the stomach, hence, rendering diets which are rich in carbohydrates more digestible (20); ginger has also been reported to contain about 5.