lipase meaning

Pronunciation:   "lipase" in a sentence
Noun: lipase  lIpeys
  1. An enzyme secreted in the digestive tract that catalyses the breakdown of fats into individual fatty acids that can be absorbed into the bloodstream

Derived forms: lipases

Type of: enzyme

Part of: gastric acid, gastric juice

Encyclopedia: Lipase

An enzyme of the hydrolase class that catalyzes the reaction of triacylglycerol and water to yield diacylglycerol and a fatty acid anion. It is produced by glands on the tongue and by the pancreas and initiates the digestion of dietary fats. (From Dorland,27th ed) EC n : any enzyme (as one secreted by the pancreas) that catalyzes the breakdown of fats and lipoproteins usu. into fatty acids and glycerol


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  1. lipase acts only in an alkaline solution.
  2. active lipase is associated with the membrane of the spherosomes.
  3. primary studies on the characteristic of lipase activator
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  5. methods for quantitative analysis of lipase

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