li·​pase | \ ˈlī-ˌpās, -ˌpāz\

Definition of lipase

: an enzyme that hydrolyzes glycerides

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Glybera was approved in Europe for treatment of a very rare disease, lipoprotein lipase deficiency. Gina Kolata, New York Times, "New Gene-Therapy Treatments Will Carry Whopping Price Tags," 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, "Fungi Make Biodiesel Efficiently at Room Temperature," 20 Aug. 2007

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First Known Use of lipase

1897, in the meaning defined above

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li·​pase | \ ˈlip-ˌās, ˈlīp-, -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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