diastase (n.)

enzyme or group of enzymes found in a seed and capable of converting starch into sugar, 1838, from French, coined 1833 by Payen and Persoz, from Greek diastasis "a setting apart," from dia- "across" (see dia-) + stasis "a standing," from PIE root *sta- "to stand, make or be firm." Related: Diastatic.

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