mannan

[ man-an, -uhn ]
/ 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.

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Origin of mannan

First recorded in 1890–95; mann(ose) + -an
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Example sentences from the Web for mannan

  • Mannan bears the same relation to mannose that starch does to glucose and inulin to fructose.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher