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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.]
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(Biochemistry) biochem an amylase secreted in the saliva of man and other animals
[C19: from Greek ptualon saliva, from ptuein to spit]
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pty•a•lin(ˈtaɪ ə lɪn)
an enzyme in the saliva that converts starch into dextrin and maltose.
[1835–45; < Greek ptýal(on) spittle, saliva + -in1]
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An enzyme found in saliva that breaks down starches into sugars.
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|Noun||1.||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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