sucrose

noun

su·​crose ˈsü-ˌkrōs How to pronounce sucrose (audio)
-ˌkrōz
: a sweet crystalline dextrorotatory disaccharide sugar C12H22O11 that occurs naturally in most plants and is obtained commercially especially from sugarcane or sugar beets

Examples of sucrose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sugars like fructose, sucrose, and dietary glucose are found naturally in many fruits and vegetables, while maltose is found in many grains and lactose is found in dairy products, per Harvard Medical School. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2024 The distinct and lovely aromatic notes of maple come from wood byproducts like vanillin, other products of sucrose caramelization, and products of Maillard reactions between the plant sugars and the amino acids. Elsbeth Sites, Discover Magazine, 1 Dec. 2015 Crosslinks in the form of covalent bonds between polymer molecules keep the mixture of glucose and sucrose in place and result in a candy that is solid but potentially squishy—more crosslinks result in a harder final product. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 8 June 2023 While gelatin, glucose, and sucrose levels were determined while the candies were being made and crosslinks formed as the ingredients were combined, this batch really held up because of its ingredient percentages and molecular bonds, which kept things stable over time. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 8 June 2023 Early research on rats suggested that sucrose keeps animals hooked. Marta Zaraska, Scientific American, 11 Sep. 2023 Similarly, few of us indulge in sucrose by the spoonful. Marta Zaraska, Scientific American, 11 Sep. 2023 Scientists estimate that there are several hundred thousand to over one million U.S. tons of sucrose stashed away under seagrass meadows. Coren Walters-Stewart, Discover Magazine, 23 Nov. 2022 One simple way to caramelize table sugar is by heating: this process removes water from the disaccharide sucrose (a substance composed of two simple sugars) and breaks it down into monosaccharides fructose and glucose. Catherine Hu, Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2014

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary, from French sucre sugar

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sucrose was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Sucrose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sucrose. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

sucrose

noun
su·​crose ˈsü-ˌkrōs How to pronounce sucrose (audio)
: a sweet sugar obtained especially from sugarcane or sugar beets

Medical Definition

sucrose

noun
: 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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