Polysaccharides

Polysaccharides Definition:

Polymers made up of repeating monosaccharide units linked together by glycoside bonds.

Polysaccharides Explained:

Polymeric carbohydrate speck composed of long chains of monosaccharide building block bound together by glycosidic linkage and on hydrolysis spring. They range in structure from linear to highly branched structures. They generally perform one of two functions: energy storage or structural reinforcement. Starch and glycogen are highly powder compact polymers that are used for energy storage. Cellulose and chitin are linear polymers that are used for structural support in plants and animals.