from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A white crystalline sugar, C5H10O5, used in dyeing and tanning and in diabetic diets. Also called wood sugar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of the pentoses, C5H10O5, a white crystalline substance, a sugar, derived from wood.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An unfermentable sugar of the pentose class, C5H10O5, formed by the hydrolysis of xylan; wood sugar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A colorless, dextrorotatory carbohydrate, , prepared by the action of dilute sulphuric acid on wood-gum or corncobs. It reduces alkaline copper solutions, crystallizes in needles or orthorhombic prisms, and melts at 144–145° C. Also called wood-sugar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sugar extracted from wood or straw; used in foods for diabetics
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