from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several polysaccharides that are more complex than a sugar and less complex than cellulose, found in plant cell walls and produced commercially from corn grain hulls.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a mixture of several plant polysaccharides, of smaller molecular weight than cellulose, that are soluble in dilute alkali; they are involved in the manufacture of paper, and are used in the production of furfural and ethanol
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of cellulose which is easily hydrolyzed by dilute acids and readily attacked by certain enzyms.
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