malt·​ose | \ ˈmȯl-ˌtōs How to pronounce maltose (audio) , -ˌtōz \

Definition of maltose

: a crystalline dextrorotatory fermentable sugar C12H22O11 formed especially from starch by amylase

Examples of maltose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The whole duck is then cleaned, prepped, dried, glazed with maltose and spices, dried again, and roasted. National Geographic, 18 Mar. 2020 When mixed with water, starch in the flour is converted to the sugars glucose and maltose. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 24 Mar. 2020 The second is disaccharides, which are just two of these single sugar molecules linked together: sucrose, or table sugar (glucose + fructose); lactose, or milk sugar (glucose + galactose); and maltose, or malt sugar (glucose + glucose). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 24 June 2019 After 25 generations, Dodd found that the starch-eating flies would no longer mate with the maltose eaters. Carrie Arnold, Quanta Magazine, 4 June 2014 Check the label for ingredients like brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, sucrose, trehalose and/or turbinado sugar. Rebecca Drudi,, 10 Sep. 2017 The dates contain a mixture of simple sugars, mostly fructose and glucose but also trace amounts of maltose and sucrose. Tom Taylor,, 16 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of maltose

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maltose

French, from English malt entry 1

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“Maltose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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malt·​ose | \ ˈmȯl-ˌtōs, -ˌtōz How to pronounce maltose (audio) \

Medical Definition of maltose

: a crystalline dextrorotatory fermentable disaccharide sugar C12H22O11 formed especially from starch by amylase (as in saliva and malt), as an intermediate reducing product in metabolism, and in brewing and distilling and used chiefly in foods and in biological culture media

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