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[pek-teys, -teyz]
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noun Biochemistry.
  1. an enzyme occurring in various fruits and involved in the formation of pectic acid from pectin.
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Origin of pectase

First recorded in 1865–70; pect(in) + -ase
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Historical Examples

  • As the fruit ripens the pectase acts upon the pectose, which is insoluble in water, converting it into pectin, which is soluble.

    Canned Fruit, Preserves, and Jellies: Household Methods of Preparation

    Maria Parloa

British Dictionary definitions for pectase


  1. an enzyme occurring in certain ripening fruits: involved in transforming pectin into a soluble form
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Word Origin

C19: from pectin + -ase
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