[ dahy-uh-steys, -steyz ]

  1. an enzyme that breaks down starch into maltose, then dextrose, and is present in malt.

Origin of diastase

<French diastase (1833) <Greek diástasis;see diastasis, -ase

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/ (ˈdaɪəˌsteɪs, -ˌsteɪz) /

  1. any of a group of enzymes that hydrolyse starch to maltose. They are present in germinated barley and in the pancreas: See also amylase

Origin of diastase

C19: from French, from Greek diastasis a separation; see diastasis

Derived forms of diastase

  • diastasic, adjective

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