xylan

xylan

[zahy-lan]
noun Chemistry.
the pentosan occurring in woody tissue that hydrolyzes to xylose: used as a source of furfural.

Origin:
1890–95; < Greek xýl(on) wood + -an, variant of -ane

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xylan (ˈzaɪlæn)
 
n
biochem a yellow polysaccharide consisting of xylose units: occurs in straw husks and other woody tissue

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