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A polysaccharide with the general formula C6nH10n+2O5n+1 that yields fructose when hydrolyzed and is found in the roots of many plants, especially those of the composite family. It is used as an additive in processed foods to replace fat or sugar and to increase fiber content.

[New Latin Inula, plant genus (from Latin inula, elecampane, from Greek helenion; see elecampane) + -in.]
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(Elements & Compounds) a fructose polysaccharide present in the tubers and rhizomes of some plants. Formula: (C6H10O5)n
[C19: from Latin inula elecampane + -in]
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a starchlike polysaccharide, (C6H10O5)n, of many plant roots and tubers, that yields a form of fructose on hydrolysis.
[1805–15; < New Latin Inul(a) a genus of plants (Latin: elecampane) + -in1]
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Noun1.inulin - used to manufacture fructose and in assessing kidney function
polyose, polysaccharide - any of a class of carbohydrates whose molecules contain chains of monosaccharide molecules
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