Etymology of Main Polysaccharide Names

  • Pierre Avenas


This chapter deals with the etymology and history of names of the main polysaccharides and of some of their constitutive saccharides. The considered languages are mainly those which are used by the 16 academic EPNOE members, which are also the founders of EPNOE Association. Most of these nine languages belong to the Indo-European family (which includes also Greek and Latin), and they are distributed among the Germanic group (English, German, Dutch, Swedish), the Roman group (French, Romanian), and the Slavic group (Polish, Slovenian). Among the nine languages, the only non-Indo-European one is Finnish, which belongs to the Finno-Ugrian family.


Cane Sugar Sugar Unit Latin Word Barley Grain Roman Language 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



Jan van Dam is thanked for the fruitful discussions that took place about the content of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.representative of ARMINES as President of EPNOE AssociationParisFrance

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