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hemicellulose

[hem-i-sel-yuh-lohs] /ˌhɛm ɪˈsɛl yəˌloʊs/
noun
1.
any of a group of gummy polysaccharides, intermediate in complexity between sugar and cellulose, that hydrolyze to monosaccharides more readily than cellulose.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; hemi- + cellulose
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hemicellulose

/ˌhɛmɪˈsɛljʊˌləʊz/
noun
1.
any of a group of plant polysaccharides that occur chiefly in the cell wall
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hemi cellulose in Medicine

hemicellulose hem·i·cel·lu·lose (hěm'ĭ-sěl'yə-lōs', -lōz')
n.
Any of several polysaccharides that are more complex than a sugar and less complex than cellulose and found in plant cell walls.

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Encyclopedia Article for hemi cellulose

hemicellulose

any of a group of complex carbohydrates that, with other carbohydrates (e.g., pectins), surround the cellulose fibres of plant cells. The most common hemicelluloses contain xylans (many molecules of the five-carbon sugar xylose linked together), a uronic acid (i.e., sugar acid), and arabinose (another five-carbon sugar). Hemicelluloses have no chemical relationship to cellulose.

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