Definition of glucan in English:


Line breaks: glu¦can
Pronunciation: /ˈgluːkan


  • A polysaccharide consisting of glucose units.
    More example sentences
    • Polysaccharides A, B, and C have been identified as glucans, and polysaccharide D as a heteropolysaccharide.
    • Polysaccharides contain beta glucans, which stimulate your immune system.
    • Dextran, a glucan, hardly showed an interaction with the lipid monolayer, indicating that it is not an intrinsic property of polysaccharides in general.


1940s: from glucose + -an.

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