saccharolytic

Capable of hydrolyzing or otherwise breaking down a sugar molecule. [saccharo- + G. lysis, loosening]

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sac·cha·ro·lyt·ic .sak-ə-rō-'lit-ik adj breaking down sugars in metabolism with the production of energy <\saccharolytic enzymes> <\saccharolytic microorganisms>

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sac·cha·ro·lyt·ic (sak″ə-ro-litґik) [saccharo- + -lytic] capable of breaking the glycosidic bonds in saccharides.

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