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glyceraldehyde

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noun glyc·er·al·de·hyde \ˌgli-sə-ˈral-də-ˌhīd\

Definition of glyceraldehyde

  1. :  a sweet crystalline compound C3H6O3 that is formed as an intermediate in carbohydrate metabolism by the breakdown of sugars and that yields glycerol on reduction



Origin and Etymology of glyceraldehyde

glyceric acid + aldehyde


First Known Use: 1882


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glyceraldehyde

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noun glyc·er·al·de·hyde \ˌglis-ə-ˈral-də-ˌhīd\

Medical Definition of glyceraldehyde

  1. :  a sweet crystalline compound C3H6O3 that is formed as an intermediate in carbohydrate metabolism by the breakdown of sugars and that yields glycerol on reduction



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