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Definition of "xylose" []

  • A white crystalline sugar, C5H10O5, used in dyeing and tanning and in diabetic diets. Also called wood sugar. (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 "xylose" in a sentence
  • "Xylitol: A sugar alcohol, derived from xylan a complex sugar chain, sort of like cellulose, which is found in corncobs, straw, almond shells, and birch bark which is then broken down into individual units of a simple sugar, called xylose, which is then hydrogenated to make xylitol."
  • "S. cerevisiae strains to convert five-carbon sugars such as xylose into ethanol."
  • "What, on earth, compelled anyone to use xylose isomerase and oligosaccharides in the first place?"