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lipase

[ lahy-peys, lip-eys ]
/ ˈlaɪ peɪs, ˈlɪp eɪs /
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noun Biochemistry.
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
/ (ˈlaɪpeɪs, ˈlɪpeɪs) /

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

Word Origin for lipase

C19: from Greek lipos fat + -ase
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Medical definitions for lipase

lipase
[ lĭpās′, līpās′ ]

n.
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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Scientific definitions for lipase

lipase
[ lĭpās′, līpās′ ]

Any of various enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of fats, especially triglycerides and phospholipids, into glycerol and fatty acids.
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