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October 17th, 2012, 20:10
Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
Lacrimosa ? Isn't that an enzyme ?
Nope. Enzymes (with some exceptions) conventionally get their names by appending "ase" to either the process their catalyzing or the substance they affect or both.

Examples:
  1. Lactase - breaks down lactose, the sugar found in milk. Insufficient production of lactase leads to lactose intolerance (which is not an allergy)
  2. Hexokinase adds phosphorus (and by that energy) to glucose, and is the enzyme that initiates breakdown of glucose in our cells.

And the exceptions: Pepsin, trypsin and chymotrypsin which collaborate on breaking down protein chains in our intestines.

pibbur who employs the enzyme derailase to derail threads.

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