from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A polysaccharide, (C6H10O5)n, that is the main form of carbohydrate storage in animals and occurs primarily in the liver and muscle tissue. It is readily converted to glucose as needed by the body to satisfy its energy needs. Also called animal starch.
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- n. A polysaccharide that is the main form of carbohydrate storage in animals; converted to glucose as needed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A white, amorphous, tasteless substance resembling starch, soluble in water to an opalescent fluid. It is found abundantly in the liver of most animals, and in small quantity in other organs and tissues, particularly in the embryo. It is quickly changed into sugar when boiled with dilute sulphuric or hydrochloric acid, and also by the action of amylolytic ferments.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A substance, C6H10O5, belonging to the carbohydrates.
- n. In mycology, same as epiplasm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one form in which body fuel is stored; stored primarily in the liver and broken down into glucose when needed by the body
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