Definition of polysaccharide
: a carbohydrate that can be decomposed by hydrolysis into two or more molecules of monosaccharides; especially : one (such as cellulose, starch, or glycogen) containing many monosaccharide units and marked by complexity
Recent Examples of polysaccharide from the Web
Inspired Engineering, at Harvard, has extracted chitosan, a polysaccharide, from shrimp and lobster shells and combined it with silk fibers to create an alternative to plastic packaging, called Shrilk.
The stuff is a powdery polysaccharide that is often used in foods and now also in recipes to powder fats, cheeses and even chocolate, according to the cooking website Serious Eats.
The product, which purports to help give skin a healthy, dewy look, is made with skin-loving ingredients like coconut alkanes, coconut milk, coconut water and coconut polysaccharides.
The polysaccharide attracts platelets and red blood cells and accelerates clotting.
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Origin and Etymology of polysaccharide
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1892See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of polysaccharide
: a carbohydrate that can be decomposed by hydrolysis into two or more molecules of monosaccharides; especially : one (as cellulose, starch, or glycogen) containing many monosaccharide units and marked by complexity—called also glycan
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