digestive enzymes

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di·ges·tive en·zymes

1. enzymes that are used in the digestive system;
2. enzymes that are hydrolases of macromolecules (for example, amylases, proteinases).
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Digestive enzymes

Molecules that catalyze the breakdown of large molecules (usually food) into smaller molecules.
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