xylan

[ zahy-lan ]
/ ˈzaɪ læn /
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noun Chemistry.

the pentosan occurring in woody tissue that hydrolyzes to xylose: used as a source of furfural.

Nearby words

  1. xuzhou,
  2. xx,
  3. xxxx,
  4. xxy syndrome,
  5. xy recorder,
  6. xylem,
  7. xylem ray,
  8. xylene,
  9. xylic acid,
  10. xylidine

Origin of xylan

1890–95; < Greek xýl(on) wood + -an, variant of -ane

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Examples from the Web for xylan

  • 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

xylan

/ (ˈzaɪlæn) /

noun

biochem a yellow polysaccharide consisting of xylose units: occurs in straw husks and other woody tissue
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