Cellulose is a polysaccharide consisting of a linear chain of several hundred to over ten thousand ß(1?4) linked D-glucose units.

Cellulose is the most common organic compound on earth and the structural component of cell walls of green plants, and algae. About 33 percent of all plant matter is cellulose (the cellulose content of cotton is 90 percent and that of wood is 50 percent).

Cellulose is not digestible by humans and is often referred to as ‘dietary fiber’ or ‘roughage’, acting as a hydrophilic bulking agent for feces.


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