an enzyme in the saliva that converts starch into dextrin and maltose.
(biochem) an amylase secreted in the saliva of man and other animals
ptyalin pty·a·lin (tī’ə-lĭn)
An amylase present in saliva that catalyzes the hydrolysis of starch into maltose and dextrin.
An enzyme found in the saliva of humans and herbivorous animals that helps in the predigestion of starches. Ptyalin is a type of amylase.
- Salivary digestion
salivary digestion n. Conversion of starch into sugar by the action of salivary amylase.
- Salivary duct
salivary duct n. An intralobular duct found in salivary glands and involved in the production and transport of their secretions. Also called secretory duct.
- Salivary fistula
salivary fistula n. An opening between a salivary duct or gland and the skin surface or the oral cavity.
noun, Anatomy. 1. any of several glands, as the submaxillary glands, that secrete saliva. salivary gland noun 1. any of the glands in mammals that secrete saliva. In man the chief salivary glands are the parotid, sublingual and submaxillary glands salivary gland n. A exocrine gland that secretes saliva, especially any of major salivary glands […]