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glycogen

Pronunciation: gli'ko-jen

Definition: A glucosan of high molecular weight, resembling amylopectin in structure [with a(1,4) linkages] but with more highly branched a(1,6) linkages, as well as a small number of a(1,3) linkages; found in most tissues of the body, especially those of the liver and muscle; as the principal carbohydrate reserve, it is readily converted into glucose.

Synonym(s): animal dextran, animal starch, hepatin, liver starch

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