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enzymic decomposition

Decomposition of organic materials (e.g. starch, sugars, proteins, etc.) can be achieved by enzymic decomposition, in which the enzyme converts a high molecular mass compound into lower molecular mass species. The process can be regarded as an example of enzymic degradation.
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PAC, 1988, 60, 1461 (Nomenclature, symbols, units and their usage in spectrochemical analysis-X. Preparation of materials for analytical atomic spectroscopy and other related techniques (Recommendations 1988)) on page 1469
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: http://goldbook.iupac.org (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8. doi:10.1351/goldbook.
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