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Polysaccharides

Polysaccharides are polymeric carbohydrate molecules composed of long chains of monosaccharide units bound together by glycosidic linkages, and on hydrolysis give the constituent monosaccharides or oligosaccharides. They range in structure from linear to highly branched. Examples include storage polysaccharides such as starch and glycogen, and structural polysaccharides such as cellulose and chitin.
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    • Function 

    • Storage polysaccharides 

    • Structural polysaccharides 

    • Acidic polysaccharides 

    • Bacterial capsular polysaccharides 

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