xylan

noun
xy·​lan | \ˈzī-ˌlan \

Definition of xylan 

: a yellow gummy pentosan that yields xylose on hydrolysis and is abundantly present in plant cell walls and woody tissue

First Known Use of xylan

circa 1894, in the meaning defined above

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xylan

noun
xy·​lan | \ˈzī-ˌlan \

Medical Definition of xylan 

: a yellow gummy pentosan that yields xylose on hydrolysis and is abundantly present in plant cell walls and woody tissue

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