elastase

noun
elas·​tase | \ i-ˈla-ˌstās How to pronounce elastase (audio) , -ˌstāz \

Definition of elastase

: an enzyme especially of pancreatic juice that digests elastin

Examples of elastase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than 10 years ago, such disease links prompted some companies to begin to develop compounds that inhibit neutrophil elastase. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "New drugs aim to disarm the immune system’s ‘atomic bomb’ cells," 5 Mar. 2020 Researchers suspect these vagrant neutrophils release neutrophil elastase and other molecules at the wrong spots, including the lungs, causing the tissue damage seen in COPD. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "New drugs aim to disarm the immune system’s ‘atomic bomb’ cells," 5 Mar. 2020 Hibiscus inhibits the production of elastase, which breaks down elastin—a critical protein to keeping your skin bouncy and fresh. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "This ‘Magic’ Anti-Aging Eye Cream Will Banish Wrinkles and Dark Circles," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of elastase

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for elastase

elastin + -ase

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The first known use of elastase was in 1949

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“Elastase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elastase. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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elastase

noun
elas·​tase | \ i-ˈlas-ˌtās, -ˌtāz How to pronounce elastase (audio) \

Medical Definition of elastase

: an enzyme especially of pancreatic juice that digests elastin

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