Definitions for "Elastase"
A pancreatic enzyme that breaks down elastin fibers.
Enzymes that can attack and destroy healthy lung fibers in people whose bodies don't produce enough alpha-1-antitrypsin.
An enzyme found in fluids produced by the pancreas. It aids in the digestion of several proteins, including elastin, an elastic substance in the lungs and other organs that is part of their structural framework. Normally, elastase is inhibited by a substance called alpha-1 antitrypsin.