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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 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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