AskDefine | Define saccharide

Dictionary Definition

saccharide n : an essential structural component of living cells and source of energy for animals; includes simple sugars with small molecules as well as macromolecular substances; are classified according to the number of monosaccharide groups they contain [syn: carbohydrate, sugar]

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  1. The unit structure of carbohydrates, of general formula CnH2nOn. Either the simple sugars or polymers such as starch and cellulose. The saccharides exist in either a ring or short chain conformation, and typically contain five or six carbon atoms.
the unit structure of carbohydrates, of general formula CnH2nOn
  • Finnish: sakkaridi
  • Swedish: sackarid

Extensive Definition

Saccharide can have different meanings depending on the context:
saccharide in Simple English: Saccharide
saccharide in Swedish: Sackarider
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