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[tahy-uh-lin] /ˈtaɪ ə lɪn/
noun, Biochemistry
an enzyme in the saliva that converts starch into dextrin and maltose.
Also called salivary amylase.
Origin of ptyalin
1835-45; < Greek ptýal(on) spittle, saliva + -in2 Unabridged
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(biochem) an amylase secreted in the saliva of man and other animals
Word Origin
C19: from Greek ptualon saliva, from ptuein to spit
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ptyalin in Medicine

ptyalin pty·a·lin (tī'ə-lĭn)
An amylase present in saliva that catalyzes the hydrolysis of starch into maltose and dextrin.

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ptyalin in Science
An enzyme found in the saliva of humans and herbivorous animals that helps in the predigestion of starches. Ptyalin is a type of amylase.
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