Origin of amylaseamyl(o)- + -ase
The definition of amylase can be any enzyme that aids in the digestion of starches or sugars.
An example of an amylase enzyme is the enzyme called gluco-amylase.
an enzyme that helps change starch into sugar: it is found in saliva, pancreatic juice, etc.
Any of a group of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of starch to sugars. In humans, amylases are produced in the salivary glands and the pancreas.
- In the mouth, cooked starch is broken down to a disaccharide by amylase, an enzyme in the saliva.