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Amylolysis. The degradation of starch (q.v.), by either amylolytic enzymes (q.v.) or acid conversion (q.v.), into soluble products, such as dextrins (q.v.) and sugars (q.v.). The end product of complete enzymatic conversion is the disaccharide sugar maltose (q.v.), whereas complete acid conversion results in the formation of the monosaccharide glucose or dextrose (q.v.).