Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The dextrorotatory form of glucose, C6H12O6·H2O, found naturally in animal and plant tissue and derived synthetically from starch.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sugar (C6H12O6) belonging to the glucose group, which crystallizes from aqueous solution with one molecule of water in nodular masses of six-sided scales.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) A sirupy, or white crystalline, variety of sugar, C6H12O6 (so called from turning the plane of polarization to the right), occurring in many ripe fruits, and also called glucose. Dextrose and levulose are obtained by the inversion of cane sugar or sucrose, and hence the mixture is called called invert sugar. Dextrose is chiefly obtained by the action of heat and acids on starch, and hence called also starch sugar. It is also formed from starchy food by the action of the amylolytic ferments of saliva and pancreatic juice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the naturally-occurring dextrorotatory form of glucose monosaccharide molecule

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an isomer of glucose that is found in honey and sweet fruits

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[dextr(ogluc)ose.]

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dextro- + -ose (right sugar)

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