carbohydrate

noun
car·​bo·​hy·​drate | \ ˌkär-bō-ˈhī-ˌdrāt How to pronounce carbohydrate (audio) , -drət \

Definition of carbohydrate

: any of various neutral compounds of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen (such as sugars, starches, and celluloses) most of which are formed by green plants and which constitute a major class of animal foods

Examples of carbohydrate in a Sentence

a food that is low in protein but high in carbohydrate
Recent Examples on the Web Life Oak Cliff asks its players to use the MyFitnessPal app and provides sample grocery lists and tips on how to meet daily calorie and macronutrient (fat, protein, carbohydrates) goals. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Dallas-area football players don’t tread lightly with creative at-home strength workouts," 31 Mar. 2020 The light breast meat is muscle powered by glycogen (a carbohydrate) while dark meat in the wings and such is designed to run on fat. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "How to cook a turkey that actually tastes good," 27 Nov. 2019 Unlike potatoes, that are rich in starch, Jerusalem artichokes are full of another carbohydrate called inulin. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "France Is Slowly Bringing Back Its ‘Forgotten Vegetables’," 30 Apr. 2020 Assessing the quality of the carbohydrates in your diet gets a little more nuanced. Nutrition Diva Monica Reinagel, Scientific American, "Can Your Microbiome Reveal Your Ideal Diet?," 14 Apr. 2020 Their diet consists mainly of carbohydrates like bread and pasta and lacks nutrient-rich foods to boost their immune systems. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, ""Don't let us die": Women in ICE custody plead for release amid coronavirus pandemic," 3 Apr. 2020 This plan supplies about 35 grams of carbohydrate from whole food sources at each of the three meals and about 10-15 grams at each of the two snacks. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Type 2 diabetes diet plan: Sensible, carb-conscious meal ideas," 14 Nov. 2019 The researchers from Florida State University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa sought to determine the effect of a pre-exercise carbohydrate on SCAAT lipolysis and whether this effect is mediated by glycemic index. NOLA.com, "Optimum Performance: What you eat before training and competition matters," 13 Apr. 2018 Don’t eliminate all carbohydrates, though, said Dr. Barbour. Lindsey Hunter Lopez, New York Times, "Everything You Need to Know About Gestational Diabetes," 19 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of carbohydrate

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of carbohydrate was in 1851

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20 May 2020

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“Carbohydrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carbohydrate. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for carbohydrate

carbohydrate

noun
How to pronounce carbohydrate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of carbohydrate

: any one of various substances found in certain foods (such as bread, rice, and potatoes) that provide your body with heat and energy and are made of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen

carbohydrate

noun
car·​bo·​hy·​drate | \ ˌkär-bō-ˈhī-ˌdrāt How to pronounce carbohydrate (audio) \

Kids Definition of carbohydrate

: a substance (as a starch or sugar) that is rich in energy and is made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen

carbohydrate

noun
car·​bo·​hy·​drate | \ -ˌdrāt, -drət How to pronounce carbohydrate (audio) \

Medical Definition of carbohydrate

: any of various neutral compounds of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen (as sugars, starches, and celluloses) most of which are formed by green plants and which constitute a major class of animal foods

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