li·​pase | \ ˈlī-ˌpās How to pronounce lipase (audio) , -ˌpāz \

Definition of lipase

: an enzyme that hydrolyzes glycerides

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Recent Examples on the Web As of last year, according to Scientific American, the FDA had approved nine gene therapies, which for the most part target rare physiological disorders, such as adenosine deaminase deficiency and lipoprotein lipase deficiency. John Horgan, Scientific American, 23 Jan. 2021 The drug inserted the gene for lipoprotein lipase into muscle cells. Jim Daley, Scientific American, 24 Dec. 2019 Orlistat is a gastrointestinal lipase inhibitor that works by blocking the absorption of 25 percent of the fat in a meal. Kimberly Garrison,, 4 June 2019 Glybera was approved in Europe for treatment of a very rare disease, lipoprotein lipase deficiency. Gina Kolata, New York Times, 11 Sep. 2017 An enzyme called lipase can link link oil to methanol without any extra heating, but the pure protein is expensive. Aaron Rowe, WIRED, 20 Aug. 2007

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First Known Use of lipase

1897, in the meaning defined above

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“Lipase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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li·​pase | \ ˈlip-ˌās How to pronounce lipase (audio) , ˈlīp- How to pronounce lipase (audio) , -ˌāz \

Medical Definition of lipase

: an enzyme (as one secreted by the pancreas) that catalyzes the breakdown of fats and lipoproteins usually into fatty acids and glycerol

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