ol·​i·​go·​sac·​cha·​ride ˈä-li-gō-ˈsa-kə-ˌrīd How to pronounce oligosaccharide (audio)
: a saccharide that contains usually three to ten monosaccharide units

Examples of oligosaccharide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Try a Low-FODMAP Diet FODMAP is short for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. Karen Pallarito, Health, 12 May 2024 Trying a low-FODMAP diet: FODMAPs are fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. Kelly Burch, Health, 12 May 2024 Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Understand how science, health policy, and medicine shape the world every day Privacy Policy Researchers’ prime focus now is on complex sugars called human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), the third most abundant component of human milk. Deborah Balthazar, STAT, 29 Mar. 2024 Containing oligosaccharides — known for their prebiotic gut effects and promoting good flora — antioxidant-rich Mānuka honey also aids gastric and peptic ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, dyspepsia, GERD, Staph infections and even food poisoning. Kate Donnelly, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Foods that are high in fiber and other digestion-resistant carbs, like oligosaccharides, and resistant starch don’t get completely broken down. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2023 These chains are called oligosaccharides or polysaccharides. Delaney Nothaft, USA TODAY, 16 June 2023 Researchers in Ireland asserted that there is no fetal microbiome; tiny bites of solid food reduce breastfeeding duration; and living near green environments increases the oligosaccharide diversity of a mother’s milk. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Apr. 2023 The prebiotics that are commonly highlighted are oligosaccharides, which are a type of carbohydrate naturally found in a variety of plant foods. Valerie Agyeman, Good Housekeeping, 21 Mar. 2023

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oligosaccharide was in 1930

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“Oligosaccharide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oligosaccharide. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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oli·​go·​sac·​cha·​ride ˌäl-i-gō-ˈsak-ə-ˌrīd, ˌō-li- How to pronounce oligosaccharide (audio)
: a saccharide that contains usually three to ten monosaccharide units

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