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Polysaccharide

In biochemistry, polysaccharides are complex unsweet carbohydrates. Polysaccharides are polymers made up of many monosaccharides joined together (hence poly-saccharides). They are therefore very large, often branched, molecules. Properties include insolubility in water and not forming crystals. Examples include starch, cellulose, and glycogen.

Structure

Polysaccharides have the general formula:

-[Cx(H2O)y)]n-

where y is generally = x - 1.



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