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pan·cre·at·ic am·y·lase(pan-krē-at'ik am'i-lās)
An enzyme secreted by the pancreas that digests starch.
amylase(am'i-las?) [ amyl + -ase]
Any of a class of enzymes that split or hydrolyze starch. Those found in animals are called alpha-amylases; those in plants, beta-amylases. Serum levels of amylase become elevated in mumps, pancreatitis, and intraperitoneal organ rupture, among other diseases and conditions. See: macroamylase