lipase

lipase

[lahy-peys, lip-eys]
noun Biochemistry.
any of a class of enzymes that break down fats, produced by the liver, pancreas, and other digestive organs or by certain plants.

Origin:
1895–1900; lip- + -ase

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lipase (ˈlaɪpeɪs, ˈlɪpeɪs)
 
n
any of a group of fat-digesting enzymes produced in the stomach, pancreas, and liver and also occurring widely in the seeds of plants
 
[C19: from Greek lipos fat + -ase]

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lipase
1897, from Fr. lipase (1896), from Gk. lipos "fat" (see leave (v.)).
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lipase lip·ase (lĭp'ās', lī'pās')
n.
Any of a group of lipolytic enzymes that cleave a fatty acid residue from the glycerol residue in a neutral fat or a phospholipid.

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lipase   (lĭp'ās', lī'pās')  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of fats, especially triglycerides and phospholipids, into glycerol and fatty acids.
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lipase

any of a group of fat-splitting enzymes found in the blood, gastric juices, pancreatic secretions, intestinal juices, and adipose tissues. Lipases hydrolyze triglycerides (fats) into their component fatty acid and glycerol molecules.

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