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(Biochemistry) biochem any of a group of complex polysaccharides composed of repeating units of two sugars, one of which contains an amino group


(ˌglaɪ koʊs əˌmi noʊˈglaɪ kæn)

any of a class of polysaccharides that form mucins when complexed with proteins. Formerly, mucopolysaccharide.
[1975–80; glyco- + (hexo)samin(e) a hexose derivative + -o- + glycan polysaccharide]
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Noun1.mucopolysaccharide - complex polysaccharides containing an amino group; occur chiefly as components of connective tissue
hyaluronic acid - a viscous mucopolysaccharide found in the connective tissue space and the synovial fluid of movable joints and the humors of the eye; a cementing and protective substance
polyose, polysaccharide - any of a class of carbohydrates whose molecules contain chains of monosaccharide molecules
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Microscopy revealed branching papillae from the tumor that were composed of central vascular collagen and variable elastic tissue, surrounded by acid mucopolysaccharide and endothelial cells.
rufescens, the mucus cell also contains rodlike granules that were identified to be acid mucopolysaccharide in nature (Bevelander 1988).
This suggested that the mucin lined the epithelium was neutral and acid mucopolysaccharide, which formed a resistant mucosal barrier to protect the epithelium (Selvan et al.).