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    Hi, in the digestion of food, enzymes are secreted to break down the substrates. I am not sure whether it is right to say lipase digests lipids or lipase breaks down lipids or lipase hydrolyses lipids.

    I was told to use the word hydrolyse but in the textbook, it uses the word digest as well. I know that it's acceptable to use 'break down' but it is not ideal. So the reason 'hydrolyse' is used is because polysaccharides are hydrolysed into monosaccharides? Thanks.
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    Yes, that's correct, although you can probably use any of the three terms.
 
 
 
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