glucan

noun
glu·​can | \ˈglü-ˌkan, -kən\

Definition of glucan 

: a polysaccharide (such as glycogen or cellulose) that is a polymer of glucose

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The beta-glucan found in oats helps boost our infection-fighting blood cells. Good Housekeeping, "4 Reasons Why Oatmeal Is the Ultimate Breakfast," 15 Oct. 2018 Like all whole grains, oats are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, but oats contain a particular type of fiber called beta glucan that research suggests may be especially good for heart health. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "How about a mushroom risotto . . . made from oats?," 13 Mar. 2018 Like all whole grains, oats are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, but oats contain a particular type of fiber called beta glucan that research suggests may be especially good for heart health. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "How about a mushroom risotto . . . made from oats?," 13 Mar. 2018 Laneige’s Sleep Circular technology is purportedly like a shot of caffeine under your eyes, and Eye Moisture Wrap technology that uses beta-glucan to moisturize the sensitive, thin area. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "This Korean Brand Is Launching a New Mask for Puffy Eyes," 24 Apr. 2018 Like all whole grains, oats are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, but oats contain a particular type of fiber called beta glucan that research suggests may be especially good for heart health. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "How about a mushroom risotto . . . made from oats?," 13 Mar. 2018 Like all whole grains, oats are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, but oats contain a particular type of fiber called beta glucan that research suggests may be especially good for heart health. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "How about a mushroom risotto . . . made from oats?," 13 Mar. 2018 Like all whole grains, oats are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, but oats contain a particular type of fiber called beta glucan that research suggests may be especially good for heart health. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "How about a mushroom risotto . . . made from oats?," 13 Mar. 2018 Cordyceps are particularly known to have energizing effects, due to its beta-glucans, which are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "What Are Adaptogens, and Why Is Everyone Talking About Them?," 6 Mar. 2018

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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glucan

noun
glu·​can | \ˈglü-ˌkan, -kən \

Medical Definition of glucan 

: a polysaccharide (as glycogen or cellulose) that is a polymer of glucose

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