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[ hem-i-sel-yuh-lohs ]
/ ˌhɛm ɪˈsɛl yəˌloʊs /


any of a group of gummy polysaccharides, intermediate in complexity between sugar and cellulose, that hydrolyze to monosaccharides more readily than cellulose.

Nearby words

hemiballismus, hemiblock, hemic, hemic murmur, hemicardia, hemicellulose, hemicentrum, hemicephalalgia, hemicephalia, hemichordate, hemichorea

Origin of hemicellulose

First recorded in 1890–95; hemi- + cellulose Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hemicellulose

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

    Researches on Cellulose|C. F. Cross

British Dictionary definitions for hemicellulose


/ (ˌhɛmɪˈsɛljʊˌləʊz) /


any of a group of plant polysaccharides that occur chiefly in the cell wall
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Medicine definitions for hemicellulose


[ hĕm′ĭ-sĕlyə-lōs′, -lōz′ ]


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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