What is another word for ptyalin?

Pronunciation: [tˈa͡ɪɐlˌɪn] (IPA)

Ptyalin is an enzyme found in saliva that breaks down complex carbohydrates, including starches and glycogen. Other synonyms for ptyalin include salivary amylase, alpha-amylase, and 1,4-alpha-D-glucan-4-alpha-D-glucanohydrolase. Salivary amylase is the most commonly used term for ptyalin and is often used interchangeably. Alpha-amylase refers to a group of enzymes that break down alpha bonds in polysaccharides, while 1,4-alpha-D-glucan-4-alpha-D-glucanohydrolase is a more technical term used in scientific literature. Regardless of the term used, ptyalin serves a critical role in the initial digestion of carbohydrates and the overall maintenance of oral health.

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Usage examples for Ptyalin

The action of ptyalin is very rapid, and if these drinks are sipped slowly, so as to be thoroughly mixed with saliva, a considerable portion of starch may be changed to sugar before reaching the intestines.
Kleber, L. O., Mrs.
A babe's salivary glands, until he be six or seven months old, does not secrete its proper fluid-namely, ptyalin, and consequently the starch of the farinaceous food-and all farinaceous food contains starch-is not converted into dextrine and grape-sugar, and is, therefore, perfectly indigestible and useless-nay, injurious to an infant, and may bring on pain and convulsions, and even death, hence, the giving of farinaceous food, until a child be six or seven months old, is one and the principal cause of the frightful infant mortality at the present time existing in England, and which is a disgrace to any civilized land!
"Advice to a Mother on the Management of her Children"
Pye Henry Chavasse
Digestion starts in the mouth when food is mixed with ptyalin, an enzyme secreted by the salivary glands.
"How and When to Be Your Own Doctor"
Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with Steve Solomon

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