: a polymer that is composed of polysaccharide and peptide chains and is found especially in bacterial cell walls
—called alsomucopeptide, murein
Examples of peptidoglycan in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebThat thick layer of peptidoglycan helps hold in a purple dye called crystal violet.
Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 16 Aug. 2019 By contrast, cells with more complex cell walls consisting of a relatively thin layer of peptidoglycan plus an outer membrane don’t hold in crystal violet as well.
Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 16 Aug. 2019 The authors think that the peptidoglycan remains in synovial fluid after the pathogen is gone.
Linda Carroll, NBC News, 18 June 2019
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