- any of a class of enzymes that break down fats, produced by the liver, pancreas, and other digestive organs or by certain plants.
Origin of lipase
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- any of a group of fat-digesting enzymes produced in the stomach, pancreas, and liver and also occurring widely in the seeds of plants
C19: from Greek lipos fat + -ase
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Word Origin and History for lipase
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- A small protein in pancreatic juice that is essential for the action of pancreatic lipase.
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- Any of various enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of fats, especially triglycerides and phospholipids, into glycerol and fatty acids.
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