ptyalin

noun

pty·​a·​lin ˈtī-ə-lən How to pronounce ptyalin (audio)
: an amylase found in the saliva of many animals that converts starch into sugar

Word History

Etymology

Greek ptyalon saliva, from ptyein to spit — more at spew

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ptyalin was in 1833

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“Ptyalin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ptyalin. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

ptyalin

noun
pty·​a·​lin ˈtī-ə-lən How to pronounce ptyalin (audio)
: an enzyme found in the saliva of many animals that helps change starch into sugar

Medical Definition

ptyalin

noun
pty·​a·​lin ˈtī-ə-lən How to pronounce ptyalin (audio)
: an amylase found in the saliva of many animals that converts starch into sugar

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