Definitions for oligosaccharideˌɒl ɪ goʊˈsæk əˌraɪd, -rɪd
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ol•i•go•sac•cha•rideˌɒl ɪ goʊˈsæk əˌraɪd, -rɪd(n.)
any carbohydrate yielding fewer than ten monosaccharides on hydrolysis.
Origin of oligosaccharide:
any of the carbohydrates that yield only a few monosaccharide molecules on complete hydrolysis
a polysaccharide of low molecular weight, being a polymer of between three and seven monosaccharide units
An oligosaccharide is a saccharide polymer containing a small number of simple sugars. Oligosaccharides can have many functions; for example, they are commonly found on the plasma membrane of animal cells where they can play a role in cell–cell recognition. In general, they are found either O- or 'f-linked to compatible amino acid side-chains in proteins or to lipid moieties.
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