ptyalin

noun
pty·​a·​lin | \ ˈtī-ə-lən How to pronounce ptyalin (audio) \

Definition of ptyalin

: an amylase found in the saliva of many animals that converts starch into sugar

First Known Use of ptyalin

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ptyalin

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

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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 18 Jan. 2021.

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ptyalin

noun
pty·​a·​lin | \ ˈtī-ə-lən How to pronounce ptyalin (audio) \

Medical Definition of ptyalin

: an amylase found in the saliva of many animals that converts starch into sugar

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