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Definition of "sucrose" [su•crose]

  • A crystalline disaccharide of fructose and glucose, C12H22O11, found in many plants but extracted as ordinary sugar mainly from sugar cane and sugar beets, widely used as a sweetener or preservative and in the manufacture of plastics and soaps. Also called saccharose. (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 "sucrose" in a sentence
  • "Meanwhile, sucrose is simply consumed by all bacteria, Zehner said."
  • "Well, for one thing, high fructose corn syrup has a substantially worse effect on blood sugar than does the equivalent sweetness in sucrose from sugar cane."
  • "Just as sucrose is made of two simple sugars bound together, lactose is made of the two simple sugars glucose and galactose, bound together."