li·​pase ˈlī-ˌpās How to pronounce lipase (audio) ˈli- How to pronounce lipase (audio)
: an enzyme that hydrolyzes glycerides

Examples of lipase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fish oil with lipase, a digestive enzyme, may help your body break down fats. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Rd, Health, 27 July 2023 By providing a blend of enzymes including protease, amylase, and lipase, these supplements can help your body break down food more efficiently and effectively. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 June 2023 Your body produces lipase, an enzyme that breaks down and processes fat quickly to accelerate its absorption. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 24 May 2023 Some isolates were also able to degrade crystalline cellulose and others displayed lipase activity. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 21 Mar. 2013 Here are some tips: opt for a detergent that boasts enzymes, like protease, amylase, and lipase. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 Apr. 2023 This easy to use powder is made with wholesome ingredients that are natural sources of various enzymes, including alpha-Amylase, cellulase, protease, and lipase. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 The vet will perform diagnostic blood tests, including a specific test for pancreatic enzymes called pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity or cPLI/fPLI. Leticia Fanucchi, Discover Magazine, 29 Dec. 2022 Another important factor is hormone-sensitive lipase, an enzyme that releases fat from our fat cells. Anahad O'Connor, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2023 See More

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First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lipase was in 1897

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“Lipase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


li·​pase ˈlī-ˌpās How to pronounce lipase (audio)
: an enzyme that functions especially in the breakdown or digestion of fats

Medical Definition


li·​pase ˈlip-ˌās How to pronounce lipase (audio) ˈlīp- How to pronounce lipase (audio)
: 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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