- an enzyme in the saliva that converts starch into dextrin and maltose.
Origin of ptyalin
1835–45; < Greek ptýal(on) spittle, saliva + -in2
Also called salivary amylase.
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Examples from the Web for ptyalin
Amylopsin is much more powerful and rapid than the ptyalin of the saliva, especially on uncooked starch.The Chemistry of Food and Nutrition
A. W. Duncan
It has been computed that the average daily secretion of ptyalin by an adult amounts to 116 grains.
One part of ptyalin, according to Mialhe, was capable of transforming 800 parts of insoluble starch into sugar.
Ptyalin, -e, tī′a-lin, n. the nitrogenous essential principle of saliva.
Amylopsin, the starch-digesting enzym, appears to be very similar to ptyalin in its power to digest carbohydrates.Encyclopedia of Diet
- biochem an amylase secreted in the saliva of man and other animals
C19: from Greek ptualon saliva, from ptuein to spit
- An amylase present in saliva that catalyzes the hydrolysis of starch into maltose and dextrin.
- An enzyme found in the saliva of humans and herbivorous animals that helps in the predigestion of starches. Ptyalin is a type of amylase.
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