hemicellulosemedical dictionary

<plant biology> Class of plant cell wall polysaccharide that cannot be extracted from the wall by hot water or chelating agents, but can be extracted by aqueous alkali. Includes xylan, glucuronoxylan, arabinoxylan, arabinogalactan II, glucomannan, xyloglucan and galactomannan. Part of the cell wall matrix.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)