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ptyalin

[ tahy-uh-lin ]
/ ˈtaɪ ə lɪn /
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noun Biochemistry.
an enzyme in the saliva that converts starch into dextrin and maltose.
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Also called salivary amylase.

Origin of ptyalin

1835–45; <Greek ptýal(on) spittle, saliva + -in2

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British Dictionary definitions for ptyalin

ptyalin
/ (ˈtaɪəlɪn) /

noun
biochem an amylase secreted in the saliva of man and other animals

Word Origin for ptyalin

C19: from Greek ptualon saliva, from ptuein to spit
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Scientific definitions for ptyalin

ptyalin
[ tīə-lĭn ]

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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