- an enzyme of the pancreatic juice that converts starch into sugar; pancreatic amylase
C19: from amylo (lysis) + (pe) psin
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Amylopsin completes the digestion of starch that was begun by the saliva.
Amylopsin is much more powerful and rapid than the ptyalin of the saliva, especially on uncooked starch.The Chemistry of Food and Nutrition
A. W. Duncan
Amylopsin, the starch-digesting enzym, appears to be very similar to ptyalin in its power to digest carbohydrates.
One part of amylopsin can change forty thousand times its bulk of starch to glucose.
The amylopsin likewise in the pancreatic secretion acts upon the starch and dextrin, changing them to maltose.Dietetics for Nurses
Fairfax T. Proudfit
- The starch-digesting amylase produced by the pancreas and present in pancreatic juice.
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