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lipase

[lahy-peys, lip-eys]
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noun Biochemistry.
  1. any of a class of enzymes that break down fats, produced by the liver, pancreas, and other digestive organs or by certain plants.
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Origin of lipase

First recorded in 1895–1900; lip- + -ase
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British Dictionary definitions for lipase

lipase

noun
  1. any of a group of fat-digesting enzymes produced in the stomach, pancreas, and liver and also occurring widely in the seeds of plants
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek lipos fat + -ase
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Word Origin and History for lipase

n.

class of enzymes, 1897, from French lipase (1896), from Greek lipos "fat" (see lipo- (v.)) + chemical ending -ase.

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lipase in Medicine

lipase

(lĭpās′, līpās′)
n.
  1. Any of a group of lipolytic enzymes that cleave a fatty acid residue from the glycerol residue in a neutral fat or a phospholipid.
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lipase in Science

lipase

[lĭpās′, līpās′]
  1. Any of various enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of fats, especially triglycerides and phospholipids, into glycerol and fatty acids.
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