xylose

noun
xy·​lose | \ ˈzī-ˌlōs How to pronounce xylose (audio) , -ˌlōz \

Definition of xylose

: a crystalline aldose sugar C5H10O5 that is not fermentable with ordinary yeasts and occurs especially as a constituent of xylans from which it is obtained by hydrolysis

Examples of xylose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team started with basically a starvation diet of xylose, a sugar, along with formate and CO2. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "This microbe no longer needs to eat food to grow, thanks to a bit of genetic engineering," 27 Nov. 2019 After 300 days and hundreds of generations of mutating E. coli, the xylose was gone. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "This microbe no longer needs to eat food to grow, thanks to a bit of genetic engineering," 27 Nov. 2019 The researchers steadily decreased the amount of xylose available to the microbes as well. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "This microbe no longer needs to eat food to grow, thanks to a bit of genetic engineering," 27 Nov. 2019 The researchers found sugars like arabinose and xylose -- but the most significant finding was ribose. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "NASA has found sugar in meteorites that crashed to Earth," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of xylose

circa 1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Xylose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xylose. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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xylose

noun
xy·​lose | \ ˈzī-ˌlōs, -ˌlōz How to pronounce xylose (audio) \

Medical Definition of xylose

: a crystalline aldose sugar C5H10O5 that is not fermentable with ordinary yeasts and occurs especially as a constituent of xylans from which it is obtained by hydrolysis

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