polysaccharide

noun
poly·​sac·​cha·​ride | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈsa-kə-ˌrīd How to pronounce polysaccharide (audio) \

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

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The scales of chitin (a polysaccharide common to insects) are arranged like roof tiles. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Rainbow” weevil could hold the secret to generating nature’s colors in the lab," 23 Sep. 2018 Based on my love of green juices, the serum contains chlorophyll and galactoarabinan, which are plant polysaccharides, and oat-grass juice. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Dermstore’s Massive Labor Day Beauty Sale Has Already Started — Here’s What to Shop," 28 Aug. 2018 Elliott says, detailing ingredients like a sugarcane derivative that acts as a humectant, and fermented polysaccharides that pack in the water. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The One Facial You Need Just Landed in New York City—By Way of Japan," 23 Apr. 2018 This comes from the mung beans, which are full of polysaccharides—a complex carbohydrate that reads sweet on our tongues. Alison Roman, WSJ, "Plant-Based ‘Meat’ and ‘Fish’ May Be the Future. But How Do They Taste?," 12 Apr. 2018 These contain large sugar chains (polysaccharides) that attract many times their weight in water. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Beloved K-Beauty Brand The Face Shop Is Now Sold on Jet.com," 20 Mar. 2018 Inside the mucilage are carbohydrates and some 60 polysaccharides, or sugars, that have specific effects on different contaminants. Christina Procopiou, Newsweek, "Cactus Guts Could Rid Water of Toxins," 13 Mar. 2016 Some experts recommend adding vinegar to the oil to slow the breakdown of pectin (the polysaccharide that helps a potato keep its structure intact). Tarah Knaresboro, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make French Fries Perfectly," 2 Feb. 2015 Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide and is commonly used in cooking as a thickening agent. idahostatesman, "Make your own Zombie-inspired Undead Brain Freeze Milkshake for Halloween | Idaho Statesman," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of polysaccharide

1892, in the meaning defined above

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polysaccharide

noun
poly·​sac·​cha·​ride | \ -ˈsak-ə-ˌrīd How to pronounce polysaccharide (audio) \

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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