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glucan

Line breaks: glu¦can
Pronunciation: /ˈɡluːkan
 
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Definition of glucan in English:

noun

Biochemistry
A polysaccharide consisting of glucose units.
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.

Origin

1940s: from glucose + -an.

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