an enzyme that breaks down starch into maltose, then dextrose, and is present in malt.
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How to use diastase in a sentence
You will remember that starch in the growing corn grain was changed to grape sugar by an enzyme called diastase.A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
The distiller mixes the malt with warm water, whereupon the diastase commences the conversion of the starch of the grain.The Romance of War Inventions | Thomas W. Corbin
This is effected by a secretion called diastase which is found in the tubers in the immediate vicinity of the eyes or buds.
For the conversion of potato or other starch into dextrine, by the action of diastase, see this article.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines | Andrew Ure
Gum arabic, cane sugar, and beer yeast, suffer no change from diastase.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines | Andrew Ure
British Dictionary definitions for diastase
any of a group of enzymes that hydrolyse starch to maltose. They are present in germinated barley and in the pancreas: See also amylase
- diastasic, adjective
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