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alpha amylase

Pronunciation: al′fă am′i-lās

Definition: A starch-splitting enzyme obtained from a nonpathogenic bacterium of the Bacillus subtilis class, used to treat inflammatory conditions and edema of soft tissues associated with traumatic injury; its therapeutic usefulness has not been fully established and its mode of action is not known.

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