peptidoglycan

noun
pep·​ti·​do·​gly·​can | \ ˌpep-tə-dō-ˈglī-ˌkan How to pronounce peptidoglycan (audio) \

Definition of peptidoglycan

: a polymer that is composed of polysaccharide and peptide chains and is found especially in bacterial cell walls

called also mucopeptide, murein

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The authors think that the peptidoglycan remains in synovial fluid after the pathogen is gone. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "Possible clue to Lyme arthritis found in patients' inflamed joints," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of peptidoglycan

1966, in the meaning defined above

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peptidoglycan

noun
pep·​ti·​do·​gly·​can | \ ˌpep-təd-ō-ˈglī-ˌkan How to pronounce peptidoglycan (audio) \

Medical Definition of peptidoglycan

: a polymer that is composed of polysaccharide and peptide chains and is found especially in bacterial cell walls

called also mucopeptide, murein

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