oligosaccharide


ol·i·go·sac·cha·ride

noun \ˌä-li-gō-ˈsa-kə-ˌrīd, ˌō-; ə-ˈli-gə-\

Definition of OLIGOSACCHARIDE

:  a saccharide (as a disaccharide) that contains a known small number of monosaccharide units

Origin of OLIGOSACCHARIDE

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1930

oli·go·sac·cha·ride

noun \ˌäl-i-gō-ˈsak-ə-ˌrīd, ˌō-li-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of OLIGOSACCHARIDE

: a saccharide (as a disaccharide) that contains a known small number of monosaccharide units

oligosaccharide

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any carbohydrate with a few (between 3 and about 6 to 10) units of simple sugars (monosaccharides). A wide variety of oligosaccharides are made by partially breaking down polysaccharides. Most of the few naturally occurring oligosaccharides are found in plants; those in animals tend to be combined in glycoproteins.

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