su·​crose | \ ˈsü-ˌkrōs How to pronounce sucrose (audio) , -ˌkrōz\

Definition of sucrose

: a sweet crystalline dextrorotatory disaccharide sugar C12H22O11 that occurs naturally in most plants and is obtained commercially especially from sugarcane or sugar beets

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While nectar accounts for about 90% of their diet, hummingbirds don’t get diabetes since their bodies are designed specifically for digesting sucrose. Jessica Pollock, The Conversation, "Curious kids: Why don’t hummingbirds get fat or sick from drinking sugary nectar?," 23 Aug. 2019 Now compare the calorie count to sugar, also known as sucrose, which has four calories per gram—twice as much. Jamie Pitlick, Quartzy, "The best and worst sugar substitutes for your health," 3 July 2019 To study cooperation in yeast, the researchers used two strains — cooperators, which release an enzyme capable of breaking down sucrose into the microbes’ favorite food, glucose, and cheaters, which can’t. Quanta Magazine, "On the Microbial Frontier, Cooperation Thrives," 2 Aug. 2013 But in the thick sugar solution, the sucrose from the table sugar mixes with glucose from the corn syrup, creating a jumble of molecules with two different shapes. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "The Sugary Coats of Holiday Apples," 15 Nov. 2018 Saul gets 500 to 600 emails a day, many of them containing requests for any extra sucrose that Domino produces. Colin Campbell,, "'Life after sugar': Domino distribution manager retiring after half century at Baltimore refinery," 7 July 2018 Perhaps the worst offender is sugar — all forms and especially fructose, which makes up half of sucrose and 55 percent of high-fructose corn syrup. New York Times, "The Dangers of Belly Fat," 11 June 2018 Its sweetness is derived from compounds called mogrosides, which the body processes differently from sugars like sucrose and fructose. Grace Dickinson,, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018 Just 30 minutes after drinking either a diet soda containing aspartame or the same amount of regular soda (with sucrose), the body reacts with similar concentrations of glucose and insulin. Susan Scutti, CNN, "A 12 Diet Cokes-a-day habit like Trump's is worth changing," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sucrose

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sucrose

International Scientific Vocabulary, from French sucre sugar

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English Language Learners Definition of sucrose

technical : a type of sugar that is found in most plants


su·​crose | \ ˈsü-ˌkrōs How to pronounce sucrose (audio) \

Kids Definition of sucrose

: a sweet usually crystalline substance found in many plants that is obtained especially from sugarcane and sugar beets for use in sweetening foods and beverages


su·​crose | \ ˈsü-ˌkrōs, -ˌkrōz How to pronounce sucrose (audio) \

Medical Definition of sucrose

: a sweet crystalline dextrorotatory nonreducing disaccharide sugar C12H22O11 that occurs naturally in most plants and is obtained commercially especially from sugarcane or sugar beets

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