lactase lactase  /ˈlæk ˌteɪs/

Definition(s):

  • (n) any of a group of enzymes (trade name Lactaid) that hydrolyze lactose to glucose and galactose

Usage(s):

  1. The enzyme that does the cracking is lactase.
  2. Normal babies secrete lactase in abundance and thus have no difficulty in digesting mothers' milk, cows' milk or comparable substitutes.
  3. The Rhode Island researchers add small quantities of the enzyme lactase to milk.

News

  • The Healthy Table: Adjust diet for lactose intolerance but don't miss out on calcium

    Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest or break down lactose, a sugar found in milk and dairy products. It is caused by a shortage of lactase, an enzyme produced by the small intestine that is needed to digest lactose. While not life-threatening, the symptoms of this condition can be uncomfortable. But there are many adjustments you can make to your diet to minimize the symptoms of ...
    on November 24, 2013     Source: Detroit Free Press

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