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Definition of "glucose" []

  • A monosaccharide sugar, C6H12O6, occurring widely in most plant and animal tissue. It is the principal circulating sugar in the blood and the major energy source of the body. (noun)
  • A colorless to yellowish syrupy mixture of dextrose, maltose, and dextrins containing about 20 percent water, used in confectionery, alcoholic fermentation, tanning, and treating tobacco. Also called starch syrup. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "glucose" in a sentence
  • "Corn syrup enriched with fructose is then mixed with corn syrup high in glucose to produce the desired ratio of one to the other; some "high" fructose corn syrup preparations are higher in fructose than others."
  • "Because of this, glucose is classified as a reducing sugar."
  • "On the pro side -- in addition to fewer calories, they don't promote tooth decay and they don't get completely absorbed by the body so the conversion to glucose is slower, requiring little or no insulin to be metabolized."
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