polysaccharide definition

  • noun:
    • Any of a class of carbohydrates, including starch and cellulose, composed of many monosaccharides accompanied by glycosidic bonds.
    • A polymer made of numerous saccharide units connected by glycosidic bonds.
    • the group of complex carbohydrates which yield quick sugars whenever hydrolyzed by the activity of enzymes, acids, or alkalis. The word often includes the disaccharides and trisaccharides, but is much more precisely limited by substances of the basic formula (C6H10O5)n, in which letter is probably a great number. Starch, cellulose, dextrine, glycogen, and gum tissue are polysaccharides.
    • any of a course of carbs whose particles have stores of monosaccharide molecules

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