glycosaminoglycan [glahy-kohs-uh-mee-noh-glahy-kan] Word Origin noun

  1. any of a class of polysaccharides derived from hexosamine that form mucins when complexed with proteins: formerly called mucopolysaccharide.

Origin of glycosaminoglycan 1975–80; glyco- + (hexo)samine + -o- + glycan polysaccharide glycosaminoglycan in Medicine glycosaminoglycan [glī′kōs-ə-mē′nō-glī′kăn′] n.

  1. mucopolysaccharide

glycosaminoglycan in Science glycosaminoglycan [glī′kōs-ə-mē′nō-glī′kăn]

  1. Any of a group of polysaccharides with high molecular weight that contain amino sugars and often form complexes with proteins. Heparin is a glycosaminoglycan. Also called mucopolysaccharide

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