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xylan

[ zahy-lan ]
/ ˈzaɪ læn /
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Definition of xylan

noun Chemistry.
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

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How to use xylan in a sentence

  • 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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