[ glahy-kohs-uh-mee-noh-glahy-kan ]

  1. any of a class of polysaccharides derived from hexosamine that form mucins when complexed with proteins: formerly called mucopolysaccharide.

Origin of glycosaminoglycan

1975–80; glyco- + (hexo)samine + -o- + glycan polysaccharide

Words Nearby glycosaminoglycan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

Scientific definitions for glycosaminoglycan


[ glī′kōs-ə-mē′nō-glīkăn ]

  1. Any of a group of polysaccharides with high molecular weight that contain amino sugars and often form complexes with proteins. Heparin is a glycosaminoglycan. Also called mucopolysaccharide

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