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 An ounce of cheddar cheese has 200 milligrams of calcium, less than 1 gram carbohydrate and 7 grams of protein, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Leftovers make a tasty soup," 24 Feb. 2021 The refreshing and lightly boozy beverages boast only 90 calories, one gram of carbohydrate, and zero grams of sugar. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, "10 Boozy Delights That Should Be On Your Radar This Spring," 16 Apr. 2021 The largest single category of foods is carbohydrate-rich: grains, cereals, starches, and sugars. Dariush Mozaffarian, The Conversation, "A nutrition report card for Americans: Dark clouds, silver linings," 12 Apr. 2021 The carbohydrate-friendly slip-ons are only the beginning of Cash and Margiela’s strange, wonderful merch. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Tommy Cash and Maison Margiela Collaborate on the Weirdest Merch Yet," 18 Mar. 2021 But the new studies are taking an unconventional tack to resurrect the drug: putting patients on a ketogenic diet, a low-carbohydrate regimen that typically involves loads of meat, cheese, eggs, and vegetables. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Special diets might boost the power of drugs to vanquish cancers," 1 Apr. 2021 In a nutshell, the keto diet is a low-carbohydrate nutritional regime. Lauren Farrell, chicagotribune.com, "What are the health benefits of the keto diet?," 13 Mar. 2021 Along with lifestyle changes like being physically active, eating a nutrient-rich diet and being mindful of carbohydrate intake can help prevent prediabetes from progressing into diabetes. Melissa Matthews, SELF, "Grocery Diaries: How an Avid Baker Who Loves Chocolate Manages Her Prediabetes," 2 Mar. 2021 Under this thinking, fatty foods are to be avoided because a gram of fat has 9 calories compared to a gram of protein or carbohydrate, which only has 4. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Great News, America: Cheese Isn’t Bad for You," 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of carbohydrate

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Carbohydrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carbohydrate. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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carbohydrate

noun

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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