glu·​cose | \ ˈglü-ˌkōs How to pronounce glucose (audio) , -ˌkōz\

Definition of glucose

1 : a crystalline sugar C6H12O6 specifically : the sweet colorless soluble dextrorotatory form that occurs widely in nature and is the usual form in which carbohydrate is assimilated by animals
2 : a light-colored syrup made from cornstarch

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Yet the metformin therapy alone, a standard treatment for diabetes and the only drug approved for Type 2 diabetic children, failed to control blood glucose in half of participants. Lauren Caruba,, "A ‘scary disease’: Children with Type 2 diabetes suffer from advanced complications, study finds," 28 June 2019 Another pathway, the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis, keeps the body on high alert by tapping glucose reserves and dialing back nonessential functions. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "What Science Says About Why You're Stressed and How to Cope," 21 June 2019 Oswald’s voluntary wellness program evaluates members based on their blood pressure, waist circumference (measures fat surrounding major organs), HDL cholesterol, triglycerides (fat in the blood) and blood glucose. Julie Washington,, "Local companies see benefits of wellness programs: Top Workplaces 2019," 16 June 2019 Once digested, those carbs will end up as glucose in the bloodstream. The Economist, "Modern humans may be evolving to deal with carbohydrate-rich diets," 7 June 2019 Using specialized smartphone apps, people with diabetes can store blood glucose data in a remote portal that's hosted in a health clinic or hospital. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Hacking diabetes: People break into insulin pumps as an alternative to costly innovations," 5 June 2019 The company is reportedly striving to incorporate an optical glucose sensor into its wearable, to help patients with diabetes monitor their blood-sugar levels. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Apple Watch Is Now the Control Center for Your Health," 4 June 2019 The full list of ingredients for the hair vitamins include: glucose syrup, sugar, water, pectin, citric acid, sodium citrate, natural flavors, titanium dioxide, Blue 1, coconut oil, and carnauba wax. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Do SugarBearHair Vitamins Really Work? Here's What Our Nutritionist Says," 22 May 2019 Inulin also seems to lower glucose and insulin levels after meals in average-weight and overweight people. Christy Brissette, Washington Post, "What is inulin, and why is it showing up in so many food products?," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of glucose

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glucose

French, modification of Greek gleukos must, sweet wine; akin to Greek glykys sweet — more at dulcet

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English Language Learners Definition of glucose

technical : a type of sugar that is found in plants and fruits


glu·​cose | \ ˈglü-ˌkōs How to pronounce glucose (audio) \

Kids Definition of glucose

: a sugar in plant saps and fruits that is the usual form in which carbohydrate is taken in by the animal body and used as a source of energy


glu·​cose | \ ˈglü-ˌkōs, -ˌkōz How to pronounce glucose (audio) \

Medical Definition of glucose

: an optically active sugar C6H12O6 that has an aldehydic carbonyl group especially : the sweet colorless soluble dextrorotatory form that occurs widely in nature and is the usual form in which carbohydrate is assimilated by animals

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