ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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A polymer of six-carbon sugars found in all plant matter, the most abundant biological compound on earth.


A complex carbohydrate composed of long, unbranched chains of betaglucose ((1.4)-linked-beta;-D-glucose) molecules, which contribute to the structural framework of plant cell walls. It comprises 40% to 55% by weight of the plant cell wall.

Publication Source: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Publication Date: 1999

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