raf·​fi·​nose ˈra-fə-ˌnōs How to pronounce raffinose (audio)
: a crystalline slightly sweet sugar C18H32O16 obtained commercially from cottonseed meal and present in many plant products

Examples of raffinose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These cruciferous veggies are high in a sugar called raffinose, says Dr. Bechtold, which doesn’t break down easily in your GI tract. Sarah Bradley, Women's Health, 20 Mar. 2023 Most legumes — including lentils, nuts, and peas — are high in fiber, along with sugars your body can’t digest properly, like raffinose and stachyose, according to a study published in the Nutritional Journal. Men's Health, 1 Feb. 2023

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Word History


French, from raffiner to refine, from re- + affiner to make fine, from a- ad- (from Latin ad-) + fin fine

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of raffinose was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Raffinose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raffinose. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


raf·​fi·​nose ˈraf-ə-ˌnōs, -ˌnōz How to pronounce raffinose (audio)
: a crystalline sugar C18H32O16 obtained commercially from cottonseed meal and present in sugar beets and many plant products

called also melitose

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