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Polysaccharides

Author: Nathan Lampson
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This lesson will introduce polysaccharides, including an overview of their structure, and providing multiple examples.

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A polysaccharide is a carbohydrate that contains three or more sugar subunits in a chain structure.

 

Examples of polysaccharides:

Starch - the primary structure used by plants to store energy

Glycogen - a carbohydrate structure used by animal and fungi to store energy

Cellulose - a carbohydrate used as a structural component for the cell walls in plants

 

This is an image of a starch polysaccharide carbohydrate: