[ zahy-lan ]
/ ˈzaɪ læn /
the pentosan occurring in woody tissue that hydrolyzes to xylose: used as a source of furfural.
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Origin of xylan
1890–95; <Greek xýl(on) wood + -an, variant of -ane
Words nearby xylan
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The pentosans, araban and xylan, occur normally in the stems and outer seed coats of many common plants.The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
British Dictionary definitions for xylan
/ (ˈzaɪlæn) /
biochem a yellow polysaccharide consisting of xylose units: occurs in straw husks and other woody tissue
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