Definition of trehalose
: a crystalline disaccharide C12H22O11 that is found in various organisms (such as fungi and insects), is about half as sweet as sucrose, and is sometimes used as a sweetener in commercially prepared foods
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Scientists previously believed that tardigrades survive desiccation by using a sugar called trehalose found in other creatures that can complete such a feat, including brine shrimp, yeast and tree frogs.
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Origin and Etymology of trehalose
International Scientific Vocabulary trehala, a sweet substance constituting the pupal covering of a beetle + 2-ose
First Known Use: 1862See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of trehalose
: a crystalline disaccharide C12H22O11 stored instead of starch by many fungi and found in the blood of many insects
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