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polysaccharide

Syllabification: pol·y·sac·cha·ride
Pronunciation: /ˌpälēˈsakərīd
 
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Definition of polysaccharide in English:

noun

Biochemistry
A carbohydrate (e.g., starch, cellulose, or glycogen) whose molecules consist of a number of sugar molecules bonded together.
Example sentences
  • All carbohydrates can be classified as either monosaccharides, oligosaccharides or polysaccharides.
  • Simple sugars called polysaccharides and amino acids like methionine and perhaps tannins are probably what they are after by eating the trees.
  • The primary categories for natural polymers include polysaccharides, proteins, nucleic acids, and polyisoprenes.

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