[ tahy-uh-lin ]
/ ˈtaɪ ə lɪn /
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 salivary amylase
/ (ˈtaɪəlɪn) /
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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Medical definitions for salivary amylase
[ tī′ə-lĭn ]
An amylase present in saliva that catalyzes the hydrolysis of starch into maltose and dextrin.
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Scientific definitions for salivary amylase
[ tī′ə-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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