Diastase meaning

dīə-stās, -stāz
An amylase or a mixture of amylases that is found in milk and that converts starch to dextrin and maltose.
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A vegetable amylase enzyme, occurring in the seed of grains and malt, that is capable of changing starches into maltose and later into dextrose.
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An amylase or a mixture of amylases that is found in milk and that converts starch to dextrin and maltose.
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(biochemistry) Any one of a group of enzymes which catalyses the breakdown of starch into maltose; mostly amylase.
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Origin of diastase

  • French from Greek diastasis separation diastasis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek διάστασις (diastasis, “separation”).

    From Wiktionary