polysaccharide

noun
poly·sac·cha·ride | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈsa-kə-ˌrīd \

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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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 Use shiitake to: Have clear, glowing skin Support your liver Lower your cholesterol Maitake Like many of our other top ten medicinal mushrooms, maitake has powerful immunomodulating properties, particularly due to its beta-glucan polysaccharides. Tero Isokauppila, Bon Appetit, "Which Healing Mushroom Is Right for You?," 10 Oct. 2017 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. Stephanie Strom, New York Times, "Packaging Food With Food to Reduce Waste," 30 May 2017

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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polysaccharide

noun
poly·sac·cha·ride | \ -ˈsak-ə-ˌrīd \

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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