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lactase

[ lak-teys, -teyz ]
/ ˈlæk teɪs, -ˌteɪz /
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noun Biochemistry.
an enzyme capable of hydrolyzing lactose into glucose and galactose.
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Origin of lactase

First recorded in 1890–95; lact- + -ase
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British Dictionary definitions for lactase

lactase
/ (ˈlækteɪs, -teɪz) /

noun
any of a group of enzymes that hydrolyse lactose to glucose and galactose

Word Origin for lactase

C20: from lacto- + -ase
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Scientific definitions for lactase

lactase
[ lăktās′ ]

An enzyme that is found in the small intestine, liver, and kidneys of mammals and catalyzes the breakdown of lactose into galactose and glucose.
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