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Amylon (Greek) - Fine meal, Starch
3 terms share this root

An enzyme that breaks down a "fine meal or starch" into simple sugars.

  • Amylon (Greek) - Fine meal, Starch
  • Produced by the pancreas and the salivary glands
  • High levels of amylase can be indicative of acute pancreatitis
  • Measured in cases of mumps and parotitis because of inflammation of the parotid glands that secrete it
  • It is speculated that amylase was an evolutionary trait humans developed to broaden their food sources so as to not be restricted to just simple sugars.
  • Amyloid

    "Starch" like, abnormal fibrous protein aggregates produced in the bone marrow and deposited in any tissue or organ

    • Amylon (Greek) - Fine meal, Starch
  • Cause of the disease "amyloidosis" where amyloid proteins build in organs. Associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Weirdly folded proteins
  • Amyloidosis

    A condition in which there is a deposition of misfolded proteins of "fine meal" "forms" throughout the body.

    • Amylon (Greek) - Fine meal, Starch
    • Eidos (Greek) - Form, Resemblance or Shape, Likeness
  • A term referring to a set of conditions in which proteins fold to beta pleated sheets and aggregate leading to insolubility and deposition in various organ systems leading to problems.