Definitions for oligosaccharideˌɒl ɪ goʊˈsæk əˌraɪd, -rɪd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ol•i•go•sac•cha•rideˌɒl ɪ goʊˈsæk əˌraɪd, -rɪd(n.)

  1. any carbohydrate yielding fewer than ten monosaccharides on hydrolysis.

    Category: Chemistry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oligosaccharide(noun)

    any of the carbohydrates that yield only a few monosaccharide molecules on complete hydrolysis


  1. oligosaccharide(Noun)

    a polysaccharide of low molecular weight, being a polymer of between three and seven monosaccharide units


  1. Oligosaccharide

    An oligosaccharide is a saccharide polymer containing a small number of simple sugars. Oligosaccharides can have many functions; for example, they are commonly found on the plasma membrane of animal cells where they can play a role in cell–cell recognition. In general, they are found either O- or 'f-linked to compatible amino acid side-chains in proteins or to lipid moieties.


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