ptyalin


pty·a·lin

noun \ˈtī-ə-lən\

Definition of PTYALIN

:  an amylase found in the saliva of many animals that converts starch into sugar

Origin of PTYALIN

Greek ptyalon saliva, from ptyein to spit — more at spew
First Known Use: 1845

pty·a·lin

noun \ˈtī-ə-lən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PTYALIN

: an amylase found in the saliva of many animals that converts starch into sugar

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