Definition of pentosan in English:

pentosan

(also pentosane)

noun

Biochemistry
  • A polysaccharide whose constituent monosaccharides are pentoses.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From pentose + -an, after German Pentosan; compare glucosan, hexosan, etc.

Pronunciation

pentosan

/ˈpɛntə(ʊ)san/