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 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, "Is Gatorade actually better than water?," 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, "Medical research, clinical trials for most diseases take a hit amid pandemic panic," 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, "Medical research, clinical trials for most diseases take a hit amid pandemic panic," 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, "How to cook a turkey that actually tastes good," 27 Nov. 2019 Wood frogs convert glycogen stored in their liver to glucose which lowers the freezing point of liquids in their bodies, thus preventing ice crystals that cause cells to rupture. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Chemistry, not laziness, is why your couch beckons to you during the dark days of December," 21 Dec. 2019 Within one or two days of not eating, your body will deplete its glycogen, which is the carbohydrate reserve socked away in muscle and liver. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "What to Know About the Snake Diet, an Extreme Fasting Plan for Weight Loss," 14 Oct. 2019 The fasted cardio will help burn fat since there is no glycogen in the liver. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "14 Influencers Reveal Their Holiday Fitness Secrets," 31 Oct. 2019 Here are a few good pre-workout options: After a workout Post-exercise, choose a snack rich in both carbs and protein to replenish your glycogen stores and muscles, Jones says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here's What a Healthy Snack Actually Looks Like," 26 Aug. 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 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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