Synonymous with polysaccharides
. Glycans composed of a single type of monosaccharide residue (homopolysaccharide, synonym homoglycan) are named by replacing the ending '-ose
' of the sugar by '-an
', e.g. mannans, fructans, xylans, arabinans. Dextrans
belong to the class glucans.
PAC, 1995, 67, 1307
(Glossary of class names of organic compounds and reactivity intermediates based on structure (IUPAC Recommendations 1995))
on page 1337