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Definition of "amylose" []

  • The inner portion of a starch granule, consisting of relatively soluble polysaccharides having an unbranched, linear, or spiral structure. (noun)
  • A polysaccharide, such as starch or cellulose. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "amylose" in a sentence
  • "Plants produce starch in two different configurations: a completely linear chain called amylose, and a highly branched form called amylopectin, each of which may contain thousands of glucose units."
  • "Plants produce two broadly different forms of starch: simple long chains called amylose, and highly branched chains called amylopectin."
  • "The amylopectin is shattered into short starch molecules called amylose, which are easily digested by the enzyme amylase."