carbohydrate

noun car·bo·hy·drate \ -ˌdrāt , -drət \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018
: 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

  1. a food that is low in protein but high in carbohydrate

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First Known Use of carbohydrate

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CARBOHYDRATE Defined for English Language Learners

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 Defined for Kids

carbohydrate

noun car·bo·hy·drate \ ˌkär-bō-ˈhī-ˌdrāt \
: a substance (as a starch or sugar) that is rich in energy and is made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen

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carbohydrate

noun car·bo·hy·drate \ -ˌdrāt, -drət \
: 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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