Definition of xylan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈzīlan/


A polysaccharide found in plant cell walls that hydrolyzes to xylose.
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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Syllabification: xy·lan

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