glycosaminoglycan

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

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

Origin of glycosaminoglycan

1
1975–80; glyco- + (hexo)samine + -o- + glycan polysaccharide

Words Nearby glycosaminoglycan

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Scientific definitions for glycosaminoglycan

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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