Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A yellow, water-soluble, gummy polysaccharide found in plant cell walls and yielding xylose upon hydrolysis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A gelasinous, levorotatory compound, C5H8-O4(?), contained in all kinds of wood. With sulphuric acid it yields the sugar xylose; boiling mineral acids convert it chiefly into fur-furaldehyde. It is also called wood-gum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) A gummy substance of the pentosan class, present in woody tissue, and yielding xylose on hydrolysis; wood gum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun biochemistry A polysaccharide, consisting of xylose residues, found in the cell walls of some algae and plants.

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Examples

  • Xylitol: A sugar alcohol, derived from xylan a complex sugar chain, sort of like cellulose, which is found in corncobs, straw, almond shells, and birch bark which is then broken down into individual units of a simple sugar, called xylose, which is then hydrogenated to make xylitol.

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  • The ability of snails to hydrolyze plant polysaccharides xylan, mannan, starch and cellulose as well as chitin, an animal and fungal polysaccharide, is probably an indication of their omnivorous diet.

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  • His method for the determination of chain length in methylated polysaccharides, an important structural problem, helped to settle the basic features of the starch, cellulose, glycogen, inulin and xylan molecules.

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  • Xylitol is a natural low-glycemic sweetener, manufactured from birch trees, corn, or other natural xylan-rich sources.

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  • Xylitol is a natural low-glycemic sweetener, manufactured from birch trees, corn, or other natural xylan-rich sources.

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  • Xylitol is a natural low-glycemic sweetener, manufactured from birch trees, corn, or other natural xylan-rich sources.

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  • - Xylathin (TM) xylanase rapidly degrades xylan significantly improving the economics of processing wheat into

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  • Xylitol is a natural low-glycemic sweetener, manufactured from birch trees, corn, or other natural xylan-rich sources.

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  • Xylitol is a natural low-glycemic sweetener, manufactured from birch trees, corn, or other natural xylan-rich sources.

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