Definition of xylan in English:


Syllabification: xy·lan
Pronunciation: /ˈzīlan, -lən


  • A polysaccharide found in plant cell walls that hydrolyzes to xylose.
    More example sentences
    • Among plant cell wall hemicellulose components, arabinoxylans and xylans are widely distributed.
    • Individual cells are also supplied with cell walls, usually of cellulose or xylan (another polysaccharide) fibers.
    • In the PCW, uronic acid residues are found as constituents of xylans, pectins, glucuronomannans and arabinogalactan-proteins.

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