par·​am·​y·​lum ˌpa-ˈra-mə-ləm How to pronounce paramylum (audio)
: a reserve carbohydrate that is found in various protozoans and algae and resembles starch

Word History


New Latin, from para- + Latin amylum starch — more at amyl-

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paramylum was in 1874

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“Paramylum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


par·​am·​y·​lum (ˈ)pa(ə)r-ˈam-ə-ləm How to pronounce paramylum (audio)
: a reserve carbohydrate of various protozoans and algae that resembles starch

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