glyceraldehyde

noun
glyc·​er·​al·​de·​hyde | \ ˌgli-sə-ˈral-də-ˌhīd How to pronounce glyceraldehyde (audio) \

Definition of glyceraldehyde

: a sweet crystalline compound C3H6O3 that is formed as an intermediate in carbohydrate metabolism by the breakdown of sugars and that yields glycerol on reduction

First Known Use of glyceraldehyde

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glyceraldehyde

glyceric acid + aldehyde

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The first known use of glyceraldehyde was in 1882

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“Glyceraldehyde.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glyceraldehyde. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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glyceraldehyde

noun
glyc·​er·​al·​de·​hyde | \ ˌglis-ə-ˈral-də-ˌhīd How to pronounce glyceraldehyde (audio) \

Medical Definition of glyceraldehyde

: a sweet crystalline compound C3H6O3 that is formed as an intermediate in carbohydrate metabolism by the breakdown of sugars and that yields glycerol on reduction

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