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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.

    Yes, that's correct, although you can probably use any of the three terms.
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