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Polymers of glucose that serve as structural molecules in green plants and certain algae.

Cellulose is consist of a different anomeric form of glucose than that which makes up starches, resulting in substantially different properties and, as a consequence of those properties, no other organic compound is more prevalent on Earth. In particular, it is the primary component of plant cell walls.


Figure legend: Cellulose consists of linear chains of glucose moieties connected together by what are known β-1,4-glycosidic linkages.

We are perhaps most familiar with cellulose as an aspect of dietary fiber though it also is a key component of such things as paper and wood.