- any of a class of enzymes that break down fats, produced by the liver, pancreas, and other digestive organs or by certain plants.
Origin of lipase
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- any of a group of fat-digesting enzymes produced in the stomach, pancreas, and liver and also occurring widely in the seeds of plants
C19: from Greek lipos fat + -ase
Word Origin and History for lipase
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Any of a group of lipolytic enzymes that cleave a fatty acid residue from the glycerol residue in a neutral fat or a phospholipid.
- Any of various enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of fats, especially triglycerides and phospholipids, into glycerol and fatty acids.
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