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polysaccharide

[pol-ee-sak-uh-rahyd, -rid] /ˌpɒl iˈsæk əˌraɪd, -rɪd/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a carbohydrate, as starch, inulin, or cellulose, containing more than three monosaccharide units per molecule, the units being attached to each other in the manner of acetals, and therefore capable of hydrolysis by acids or enzymes to monosaccharides.
Also, polysaccharose
[pol-ee-sak-uh-rohs] /ˌpɒl iˈsæk əˌroʊs/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; poly- + saccharide
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  • Finally a study of the fibres indicates they are polysaccharides.
  • The complex carbohydrates are called polysaccharides.
British Dictionary definitions for polysaccharides

polysaccharide

/ˌpɒlɪˈsækəˌraɪd; -rɪd/
noun
1.
any one of a class of carbohydrates whose molecules contain linked monosaccharide units: includes starch, inulin, and cellulose. General formula: (C6H10O5)n See also oligosaccharide
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polysaccharides in Medicine

polysaccharide pol·y·sac·cha·ride (pŏl'ē-sāk'ə-rīd') or pol·y·sac·cha·rid (-rĭd) or pol·y·sac·cha·rose (-rōs', -rōz')
n.
Any of a class of carbohydrates, such as starch and cellulose, consisting of a number of monosaccharides joined by glycosidic bonds. Also called glycan.

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polysaccharides in Science
polysaccharide
  (pŏl'ē-sāk'ə-rīd')   
Any of a class of carbohydrates that are made of long chains of simple carbohydrates (called monosaccharides). Starch and cellulose are polysaccharides. Compare monosaccharide, oligosaccharide.

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