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An enzyme is a protein made by the body that allows the activation or acceleration of chemical reactions. They play a role in all functions, such as digestion, where enzymes are involved from the oral stage with amylase contained in the liquid secreted by the salivary glands and various digestive enzymes that break down large molecules into smaller substrates that can be incorporated by the body. Other enzymes have roles in blood purification, elimination of toxic substances... In the case of absence or deficiency of an enzyme in the body, the function performed is insufficient: this is called an enzymopathy.

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