- an enzyme occurring in various fruits and involved in the formation of pectic acid from pectin.
Origin of pectase
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As the fruit ripens the pectase acts upon the pectose, which is insoluble in water, converting it into pectin, which is soluble.
- an enzyme occurring in certain ripening fruits: involved in transforming pectin into a soluble form
Word Origin for pectase
C19: from pectin + -ase
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