glucan

noun
glu·​can | \ ˈglü-ˌkan How to pronounce glucan (audio) , -kən \

Definition of glucan

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

Examples of glucan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beta-glucan, which is a type of dietary fiber found in abundance in oats, may also help improve blood sugar control. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, 21 Feb. 2020 It's made with hydrating beta-glucan, soothing panthenol, and restoring vitamin E to nourish dry, irritated, post-breakout skin. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 6 Apr. 2020 Barley contains a cholesterol-lowering fiber called beta-glucan. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 30 June 2019 Eating foods with beta-glucan has also been linked to improved immunity and gut health. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, 11 Apr. 2019 They’ve also been linked to reduced risk of heart disease thanks to a type of fiber called beta-glucan that's been shown to improve cholesterol levels. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, 11 Apr. 2019 The beta-glucan found in oats helps boost our infection-fighting blood cells. Good Housekeeping, 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, 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, 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of glucan

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Glucan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glucan. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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glucan

noun
glu·​can | \ ˈglü-ˌkan How to pronounce glucan (audio) , -kən How to pronounce glucan (audio) \

Medical Definition of glucan

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

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