[ih-las-teys, -taz]

noun Biochemistry.

a pancreatic protease that catalyzes the hydrolysis of elastin and other related proteins to polypeptides and amino acids.

Origin of elastase

First recorded in 1945–50; elast(in) + -ase
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British Dictionary definitions for elastase



an enzyme that digests elastin
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elastase in Medicine


[ĭ-lăstās′, -tāz′]


An enzyme found especially in pancreatic juice that catalyzes the hydrolysis of elastin.
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