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Somogyi's unit

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A measure of the level of activity of amylase in blood serum. One Somogyi Unit is defined as the amount of amylase required to produce the equivalent of 1 milligram of glucose when acting on a standard starch solution in 30 minutes incubation time at 40°C.


  • M. Somogyi:
    Micromethods for the estimation of diastase.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry, Baltimore, 1938, 125: 299-414.

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