pentosan

[ pen-tuh-san ]
/ ˈpɛn təˌsæn /

noun Biochemistry.

any of a class of polysaccharides that occur in plants, humus, etc., and form pentoses upon hydrolysis.

Nearby words

  1. pentobarbital sodium,
  2. pentobarbitone,
  3. pentode,
  4. pentolite,
  5. pentomic,
  6. pentose,
  7. pentose nucleic acid,
  8. pentose phosphate pathway,
  9. pentosuria,
  10. pentothal

Origin of pentosan

< German (1892), equivalent to Pentos(e) pentose + -an -ane

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British Dictionary definitions for pentosan

pentosan

/ (ˈpɛntəˌsæn) /

noun

biochem any of a group of polysaccharides, having the general formula (C 5 H 8 O 4) n : occur in plants, humus, etc

Word Origin for pentosan

C20: from pentose + -an

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