elas·​tase i-ˈla-ˌstās How to pronounce elastase (audio)
: an enzyme especially of pancreatic juice that digests elastin

Examples of elastase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inadequate amounts of elastase and other pancreatic enzymes allow fats and proteins to pass through the small intestine intact and unabsorbed. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 More than 10 years ago, such disease links prompted some companies to begin to develop compounds that inhibit neutrophil elastase. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, 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, 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, 12 Nov. 2019

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Word History


elastin + -ase

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

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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 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


: an enzyme especially of pancreatic juice that digests elastin

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