Definition of glucan in English:

glucan

noun

Biochemistry
  • A polysaccharide consisting of glucose units.

    • ‘Polysaccharides A, B, and C have been identified as glucans, and polysaccharide D as a heteropolysaccharide.’
    • ‘Polysaccharide hydrocolloids including mucilages, gums and glucans are abundant in nature and are commonly found in many higher plants.’
    • ‘Polysaccharides contain beta glucans, which stimulate your immune system.’
    • ‘Dextran, a glucan, hardly showed an interaction with the lipid monolayer, indicating that it is not an intrinsic property of polysaccharides in general.’
    • ‘Cell walls of Fusarium are made up, in part, of compounds called chitin and glucan, which the enzymes break down.’

Origin

1940s: from glucose + -an.

Pronunciation

glucan

/ˈɡluːkan/