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
Recent Examples of sucrose from the Web
Alcoholic fermentation occurs when yeast metabolizes a source of sugar (glucose, sucrose or fructose), turning it into ethanol (alcohol) and carbon dioxide.
Fructose and glucose are combined in sucrose, table sugar.
Another study found that consumption of drinks sweetened with sucrose and fructose can lead to weight gain, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Iron Lung’ train car, guzzling and chomping until sucrose dribbled out of our ears.
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.
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Origin and Etymology of sucrose
International Scientific Vocabulary, from French sucre sugar
First Known Use: 1857See Words from the same year
SUCROSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sucrose for English Language Learners
: a type of sugar that is found in most plants
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Definition of sucrose for Students
: 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
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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