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Cyclodextrin vs. Cucurbituril — What's the Difference?

Cyclodextrin vs. Cucurbituril

Difference Between Cyclodextrin and Cucurbituril


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Cyclodextrins are a family of cyclic oligosaccharides, consisting of a macrocyclic ring of glucose subunits joined by α-1,4 glycosidic bonds. Cyclodextrins are produced from starch by enzymatic conversion.
Oct 05, 2022


Cucurbiturils are macrocyclic molecules made of glycoluril (=C4H2N4O2=) monomers linked by methylene bridges (–CH2–). The oxygen atoms are located along the edges of the band and are tilted inwards, forming a partly enclosed cavity.
Oct 05, 2022


(carbohydrate) Any of a class of cyclic oligosaccharides consisting of glucopyranose residues linked as in amylose; cycloamylose.
Oct 05, 2022


(organic compound) Any of a class of macrocyclic molecules consisting of glycoluril repeat units.
Oct 05, 2022

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