Decomposition of organic materials (e.g. starch, sugars, proteins, etc.) can be achieved by enzymic decomposition, in which the enzyme converts a high molecular mass compound into lower molecular mass species. The process can be regarded as an example of enzymic degradation.
PAC, 1988, 60, 1461. 'Nomenclature, symbols, units and their usage in spectrochemical analysis-X. Preparation of materials for analytical atomic spectroscopy and other related techniques (Recommendations 1988)' on page 1469 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac198860091461)