glycogen

noun
gly·​co·​gen | \ ˈglī-kə-jən How to pronounce glycogen (audio) \

Definition of glycogen

: a white amorphous tasteless polysaccharide (C6H10O5)x that is the principal form in which glucose is stored in animal tissues and especially muscle and liver tissue

Examples of glycogen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since swimmers can burn about 1,000 calories per hour, Phelps’s diet tended to be relatively high in carbohydrates to avoid glycogen depletion. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 25 July 2021 Muscle cells are made of lots of different materials, and chief among them are the proteins that enable the muscles to contract, and the molecules that fuel this process, such as glycogen, DNA and RNA. Mary Squillace, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2021 Long, steady-state exercise uses more glycogen than the short, heavy bursts of power from sprinting, for example. Lizzy Briskin, chicagotribune.com, 20 Feb. 2021 Between bouts of exercise, your body needs to replenish its glycogen to prepare you for your next workout. Lizzy Briskin, chicagotribune.com, 20 Feb. 2021 During exercise, your muscles are using up your energy stores primarily from the stashes of the glycogen found in your muscles and liver. Popular Science, 29 Sep. 2020 Yet another approach, with Ionis Pharmaceuticals, involves using antisense oligonucleotides, which are pieces of nucleic acids designed to bind to cells’ RNA — in this case, to fix a problem that leads to the production of abnormal glycogen. Laurie Mcginley, Anchorage Daily News, 5 June 2020 Today, scientists know genetic mutations cause abnormal glycogen, a form of sugar, and result in damaging aggregates, or clumps, called Lafora bodies. Laurie Mcginley, Anchorage Daily News, 5 June 2020 The light breast meat is muscle powered by glycogen (a carbohydrate) while dark meat in the wings and such is designed to run on fat. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of glycogen

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of glycogen was circa 1864

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“Glycogen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glycogen. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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glycogen

noun
gly·​co·​gen | \ ˈglī-kə-jən How to pronounce glycogen (audio) \

Kids Definition of glycogen

: a white tasteless starchy substance that is the main form in which glucose is stored in the body

glycogen

noun
gly·​co·​gen | \ ˈglī-kə-jən How to pronounce glycogen (audio) \

Medical Definition of glycogen

: a white amorphous tasteless polysaccharide (C6H10O5)x that constitutes the principal form in which glucose is stored in animal tissues, occurs especially in the liver and in muscle and also in fungi and yeasts, and resembles starch in molecular structure and in the formation of only glucose on complete hydrolysis

called also animal starch

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