hydrolytic enzyme
Hydrolytic Hy`dro*lyt"ic, a. [Hydro-, 1 + Gr. ? to loose.] 1. (Chem.) Tending to remove or separate water; eliminating water. [archaic] [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) of, pertaining to, or accompanied by {hydrolysis}. [PJC]

Hydrolytic agents, such as sulphuric acid or caustic alkali. --Encyc. Brit. [1913 Webster]

{Hydrolytic ferment} (Physiol. Chem.), an enzyme (formerly referred to as a ferment), which acts only in the presence of water, and which causes the substance acted upon to take up a molecule of water, resulting in the splitting of a chemical bond and often splitting one compound into two. Thus, diastase of malt, ptyalin of saliva, and boiling dilute sulphuric acid all convert starch by hydration into dextrin and sugar. Nearly all of the digestive enzymes are hydrolytic in their action. Since 1910 such an enzyme is usually referred to as a {{hydrolase}} or {{hydrolytic enzyme}}. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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