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carbohydrate


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Carbohydrate  \Car`bo*hy"drate\,  n.  [Carbon  +  hydrate.]  (Physiol. 
  Chem.) 
  One  of  a  group  of  compounds  including  the  sugars,  starches, 
  and  gums,  which  contain  six  (or  some  multiple  of  six)  carbon 
  atoms,  united  with  a  variable  number  of  hydrogen  and  oxygen 
  atoms,  but  with  the  two  latter  always  in  proportion  as  to 
  form  water;  as  dextrose,  {C6H12O6}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  carbohydrate 
  n  :  an  essential  structural  component  of  living  cells  and  source 
  of  energy  for  animals;  includes  simple  sugars  with  small 
  molecules  as  well  as  macromolecular  substances;  are 
  classified  according  to  the  number  of  monosaccharide 
  groups  they  contain  [syn:  {saccharide},  {sugar}] 




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