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lipase

[lahy-peys, lip-eys] /ˈlaɪ peɪs, ˈlɪp eɪs/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
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
1895-1900; lip- + -ase
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British Dictionary definitions for lipase

lipase

/ˈlaɪpeɪs; ˈlɪpeɪs/
noun
1.
any of a group of fat-digesting enzymes produced in the stomach, pancreas, and liver and also occurring widely in the seeds of plants
Word Origin
C19: from Greek lipos fat + -ase
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Word Origin and History for lipase
n.

class of enzymes, 1897, from French lipase (1896), from Greek lipos "fat" (see lipo- (v.)) + chemical ending -ase.

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lipase in Medicine

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 in Science
lipase
  (lĭp'ās', lī'pās')   
Any of various enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of fats, especially triglycerides and phospholipids, into glycerol and fatty acids.
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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