Definition of "lactase" []

  • An enzyme occurring in certain yeasts and in the intestinal juices of mammals and catalyzing the hydrolysis of lactose into glucose and galactose. (noun)
  • Any of a group of enzymes that hydrolyse lactose to glucose and galactose (noun)

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Use "lactase" in a sentence
  • "Those with celiac disease often become lactose intolerant because the disease affects the inner lining of the intestine where lactase is made."
  • "Usually lactose intolerant means that the enzyme lactase is missing or in small quantities."
  • "(Lactose intolerance has proven intractable because the lack of lactase is not reversible.)"
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