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ptyalin

[tahy-uh-lin] /ˈtaɪ ə lɪn/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
an enzyme in the saliva that converts starch into dextrin and maltose.
Also called salivary amylase.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Greek ptýal(on) spittle, saliva + -in2
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  • Starches are partially digested in the mouth by ptyalin-containing saliva, which is an alkaline compounds.
British Dictionary definitions for ptyalin

ptyalin

/ˈtaɪəlɪn/
noun
1.
(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)
n.
An amylase present in saliva that catalyzes the hydrolysis of starch into maltose and dextrin.

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ptyalin in Science
ptyalin
  (tī'ə-lĭn)   
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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