diastase

noun
di·​a·​stase | \ ˈdī-ə-ˌstās How to pronounce diastase (audio) , -ˌstāz \

Definition of diastase

1 : amylase especially : a mixture of amylases from malt
2 : enzyme

Examples of diastase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once the brewer adds yeast to the malted grain, then, the diastase can produce more sugar to feed the yeast—and that produces carbon dioxide, alcohol, and a sweet taste. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists find a way to look for ancient beer," 5 June 2020 The whole point of malting is to make the grains release diastase but then stop the process before the starch gets turned into sugar. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists find a way to look for ancient beer," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of diastase

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diastase

French, from Greek diastasis separation, interval, from diistanai to separate, from dia- + histanai to cause to stand — more at stand

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“Diastase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diastase. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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diastase

noun
di·​a·​stase | \ ˈdī-ə-ˌstās, -ˌstāz How to pronounce diastase (audio) \

Medical Definition of diastase

1 : amylase especially : a mixture of amylases from malt
2 : enzyme

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