gly·​can ˈglī-ˌkan How to pronounce glycan (audio)

Examples of glycan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes, the sequence doesn’t change, and viral proteins are still recognized by antibodies, but those proteins are shielded by a type of sugary compound called a glycan. Gregory Barber, Wired, 14 Jan. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glycan was in 1950

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“Glycan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


gly·​can ˈglī-ˌkan How to pronounce glycan (audio)

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