fructose

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noun fruc·tose \ˈfrək-ˌtōs, ˈfrük-, ˈfru̇k-, -ˌtōz\

Definition of fructose

  1. 1 :  a crystalline sugar C6H12O6 sweeter and more soluble than glucose

  2. 2 :  the very sweet levorotatory d -form of fructose that occurs especially in fruit juices and honey —called also fruit sugar, levulose

Origin and Etymology of fructose

International Scientific Vocabulary fruct- (from Latin fructus fruit) + 2-ose


First Known Use: circa 1864


FRUCTOSE Defined for English Language Learners

fructose

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Definition of fructose for English Language Learners

  • : a very sweet kind of sugar that is found in fruit juices and honey


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fructose

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noun fruc·tose \ˈfrək-ˌtōs, ˈfrük-, ˈfru̇k-, -ˌtōz\

Medical Definition of fructose

  1. 1:  an optically active sugar C6H12O6 that differs from glucose in having a ketonic rather than an aldehydic carbonyl group

  2. 2:  the very sweet soluble levorotatory D-form of fructose that occurs especially in fruit juices and honey—called also levulose


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