glycogen

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This helps replenish glycogen stores and gives you energy for the rest of your day. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 Once the glycogen is converted back into glucose, the glucose travels through the bloodstream to the cells in the brain, muscles, and other organs. James Robinson, Discover Magazine, 20 Oct. 2022 Carbs are an important nutrient that helps with energy production and glycogen storage. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 Dec. 2022 First, your body may use water stored in your tissues and glycogen reserves in your liver, then from amino acids. Dallas News, 7 Aug. 2022 A good night’s rest is absolutely essential for tissue repair, restoring glycogen, strengthening the immune system, and more. Outside Online, 23 Nov. 2022 Each gram of glycogen contains about three grams of water, meaning that a plate of pasta will store extra water in your tissues. Melissa Matthews, Men's Health, 16 Nov. 2022 And those glycogen stores do need to be replenished, ideally before the next demanding run. Malissa Rodenburg, Outside Online, 29 Sep. 2022 However, on a crash diet, the supply of liver glycogen is depleted because the body is in a semi-starvation mode. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 16 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glycogen was circa 1864

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Cite this Entry

“Glycogen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glycogen. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

glycogen

noun
gly·​co·​gen ˈglī-kə-jən How to pronounce glycogen (audio)
: a white tasteless substance that is the chief form in which glucose is stored in animals

Medical Definition

glycogen

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