am·​y·​lose | \ ˈa-mə-ˌlōs How to pronounce amylose (audio) , -ˌlōz \

Definition of amylose

: a component of starch characterized by its straight chains of glucose units

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Recent Examples on the Web This lets the starches fully swell and sets up the amylose spread and cross-link. Washington Post, "How to make crispy, golden potatoes, every time," 18 Dec. 2020 As this happens, the spaghetti swells, and small amounts of a starch called amylose leach into the water. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Want to know if spaghetti is al dente? Check how much it curls in the pot," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of amylose

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Amylose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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am·​y·​lose | \ ˈam-ə-ˌlōs, -ˌlōz How to pronounce amylose (audio) \

Medical Definition of amylose

1 : any of various polysaccharides (as starch or cellulose)
2 : a component of starch characterized by its straight chains of glucose units and by the tendency of its aqueous solutions to set to a stiff gel
3 : any of various compounds (C6H10O5)x obtained by the hydrolysis of starch

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