[mawl-teys, -teyz]

Origin of maltase

First recorded in 1885–90; malt + -ase Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maltase

Historical Examples of maltase

  • When hydrolyzed, either by dilute acids or by maltase, one molecule of maltose yields two molecules of glucose.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life

    Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

British Dictionary definitions for maltase


  1. an enzyme that hydrolyses maltose and similar glucosides (α-glucosides) to glucoseAlso: α-glucosidase

Word Origin for maltase

C19: from malt + -ase
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maltase in Medicine


[môltās′, -tāz′]
  1. An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of maltose to glucose.
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