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hemicellulose

[hem-i-sel-yuh-lohs]
noun
  1. any of a group of gummy polysaccharides, intermediate in complexity between sugar and cellulose, that hydrolyze to monosaccharides more readily than cellulose.
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Origin of hemicellulose

First recorded in 1890–95; hemi- + cellulose
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Examples from the Web for hemicellulose

Historical Examples of hemicellulose

  • The hemicellulose of wheat is, therefore, according to the author, pure pentosane.

    Researches on Cellulose

    C. F. Cross


British Dictionary definitions for hemicellulose

hemicellulose

noun
  1. any of a group of plant polysaccharides that occur chiefly in the cell wall
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hemicellulose in Medicine

hemicellulose

(hĕm′ĭ-sĕlyə-lōs′, -lōz′)
n.
  1. Any of several polysaccharides that are more complex than a sugar and less complex than cellulose and found in plant cell walls.
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