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[man-an, -uh n] /ˈmæn æn, -ən/
noun, Biochemistry.
any of a group of polysaccharides, found in the ivory nut, carob bean, and the like, that yield mannose upon hydrolysis.
Origin of mannan
First recorded in 1890-95; mann(ose) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • mannan bears the same relation to mannose that starch does to glucose and inulin to fructose.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

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