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mucopolysaccharide

 [mu″ko-pol″ĭ-sak´ah-rīd]
a group of polysaccharides that contain hexosamine, that may or may not be combined with protein and that, dispersed in water, form many of the mucins.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

mu·co·pol·y·sac·cha·ride

(myū'kō-pol'ē-sak'ă-rīd),
General term for a protein-polysaccharide complex obtained from proteoglycans and containing as much as 95% polysaccharide; mucopolysaccharides include the blood group substances. A more modern term is glycosaminoglycan, because all of the known six classes contain major amounts of d-glucosamine and d-galactosamine.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

mucopolysaccharide

(myo͞o′kō-pŏl′ē-săk′ə-rīd′)
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

mu·co·pol·y·sac·cha·ride

(myū'kō-pol'ē-sak'ă-rīd)
General term for a protein-polysaccharide complex obtained from proteoglycans and containing as much as 95% polysaccharide; mucopolysaccharides include the blood group substances. A more current term is glycosaminoglycan.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

mucopolysaccharide

POLYSACCHARIDEs containing amino sugars or that are polymers of MONOSACCHARIDES in which one of the -OH groups is replaced by an NH2 group. Mucopolysaccharides are important structural materials in the body forming the ground substance of many connective tissues in which fibrous proteins are embedded. Now more commonly called glycosaminoglycans.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

mucopolysaccharide

any polysaccharide, such as hyaluronic acid or heparin, that contains either an amino sugar or a derivative. Also called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Often GAGs are found covalently bound to core proteins forming proteoglycans.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

Mucopolysaccharide

A complex molecule made of smaller sugar molecules strung together to form a chain. Found in mucous secretions and intercellular spaces.
Mentioned in: Mucopolysaccharidoses
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

mu·co·pol·y·sac·cha·ride

(myū'kō-pol'ē-sak'ă-rīd)
General term for a protein-polysaccharide complex obtained from proteoglycans and containing as much as 95% polysaccharide.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about mucopolysaccharide

Q. Does GAG really help? My mother suffers from osteoarthritis, and after taking a lot of pain-killers someone offered us to try glycosaminoglycans. Does it really help? It’s quite expensive….

A. As far as I know it wasn’t proved in well-controlled trials to benefit the patients over placebo, so if it’s a consideration for you, I’m not sure it justifies the price. However, I’m only a lay-man, so consulting a professional (i.e. a doctor) is better.

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