hemicellulose

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noun hemi·cel·lu·lose \ˌhe-mi-ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs, -ˌlōz\

Definition of hemicellulose

  1. :  any of various plant polysaccharides less complex than cellulose and easily hydrolyzable to monosaccharides and other products

Origin and Etymology of hemicellulose

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1891


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hemicellulose

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noun hemi·cel·lu·lose \ˌhem-i-ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs, -ˌlōz\

Medical Definition of hemicellulose

  1. :  any of various plant polysaccharides less complex than cellulose and easily hydrolyzable to simple sugars and other products

hemicellulosic

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