[ man-an, -uh n ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. manna lichen,
  2. manna sugar,
  3. mannaean,
  4. mannaeans,
  5. mannai,
  6. mannar,
  7. manned,
  8. mannequin,
  9. manner,
  10. manner of articulation

Origin of mannan

First recorded in 1890–95; mann(ose) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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