digestive enzyme

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digestive enzyme

[dijes′tiv]
Etymology: L, digerere, to break down; Gk, en + zyme, ferment
any digestive system enzyme that hydrolyzes fats, proteins, or carbohydrates for absorption.

di·ges·tive en·zyme

(dī-jestiv enzīm)
One that break down carbohydrates, protein, and fats from ingested foods.

digestive enzyme

Any enzyme involved in digestive processes in the alimentary canal.
See also: enzyme
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This is not necessarily a safe assumption to make; although many food allergens are indeed stable during digestion, many other major allergens are broken down by gastric enzymes, and these cannot be detected in the digestion stability assays.
Whereas some researchers have proposed that gastric enzymes play a major role in first-pass metabolism (Lim et al.
The lining inside your stomach produces hydrochloric acid and other digestive chemicals called gastric enzymes or gastric juices.