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Di"a*stase (?), n. [Gr. &?; separation,
fr. &?;, &?; to stand apart; dia` through + &?;, &?;, to
stand, set: cf. F. diastase. Cf. Diastasis.]
(Physiol. Chem.) A soluble, nitrogenous ferment, capable
of converting starch and dextrin into sugar.
&fist; The name is more particularly applied to that ferment
formed during the germination of grain, as in the malting of barley;
but it is also occasionally used to designate the amylolytic ferment
contained in animal fluids, as in the saliva.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Diastase, a nitrogenous substance developed during the germination
of grain, and having the property of converting starch first into
dextrine and then into sugar.
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