- An unbranched polyglucose (glucan) in starch, similar to cellulose, containing α(1→4) linkages. Cf.:amylopectin.
* * *am·y·lose 'am-ə-.lōs, -.lōz n1) any of various polysaccharides (as starch or cellulose)2) a component of starch characterized by its straight chains of glucose units and by the tendency of its aqueous solutions to set to a stiff gel3) any of various compounds (C6H10O5)x obtained by the hydrolysis of starch
* * *n.
* * *am·y·lose (amґə-lōs) a linear, water-soluble glucan, a lesser constituent of starch (see also amylopectin); it consists of a chain of glucose residues in α-(1,4) linkage and it stains blue with iodine.
Medical dictionary. 2011.