One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A polysaccharide consisting of glucose units.
- ‘Polysaccharides contain beta glucans, which stimulate your immune system.’
- ‘Cell walls of Fusarium are made up, in part, of compounds called chitin and glucan, which the enzymes break down.’
- ‘Polysaccharide hydrocolloids including mucilages, gums and glucans are abundant in nature and are commonly found in many higher plants.’
- ‘Polysaccharides A, B, and C have been identified as glucans, and polysaccharide D as a heteropolysaccharide.’
- ‘Dextran, a glucan, hardly showed an interaction with the lipid monolayer, indicating that it is not an intrinsic property of polysaccharides in general.’
1940s: from glucose + -an.
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