Di"a*stase(?), n. [Gr. separation, fr. , to stand apart; dia` through + , , to stand, set: cf. F. diastase. Cf. Diastasis.] (Physiol. Chem.) A soluble enzyme, capable of converting starch and dextrin into sugar.
The name is more particularly applied to that enzyme formed during the germination of grain, as in the malting of barley; but it is also occasionally used to designate the amylolytic enzyme contained in animal fluids, as in the saliva.
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