maltase [mawl-teys, -teyz] ExamplesWord Origin noun Biochemistry.
- an enzyme that converts maltose into glucose and causes similar cleavage of many other glucosides.
When hydrolyzed, either by dilute acids or by maltase, one molecule of maltose yields two molecules of glucose.
Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
British Dictionary definitions for maltase maltase noun
- an enzyme that hydrolyses maltose and similar glucosides (α-glucosides) to glucoseAlso: α-glucosidase
Word Origin for maltase C19: from malt + -ase maltase in Medicine maltase [môl′tās′, -tāz′] n.
- An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of maltose to glucose.