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[mawl-teys, -teyz] /ˈmɔl teɪs, -teɪz/
noun, Biochemistry
an enzyme that converts maltose into glucose and causes similar cleavage of many other glucosides.
Origin of maltase
1885-90; malt + -ase Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When hydrolyzed, either by dilute acids or by maltase, one molecule of maltose yields two molecules of glucose.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
British Dictionary definitions for maltase


an enzyme that hydrolyses maltose and similar glucosides (α-glucosides) to glucose Also α-glucosidase
Word Origin
C19: from malt + -ase
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maltase in Medicine

maltase mal·tase (môl'tās', -tāz')
An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of maltose to glucose.

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