Definitions for saccharideˈsæk əˌraɪd, -ər ɪd
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sac•cha•rideˈsæk əˌraɪd, -ər ɪd(n.)
an organic compound containing a sugar or sugars.
a simple sugar; monosaccharide.
an ester of sucrose.
Origin of saccharide:
carbohydrate, saccharide, sugar(noun)
an essential structural component of living cells and source of energy for animals; includes simple sugars with small molecules as well as macromolecular substances; are classified according to the number of monosaccharide groups they contain
The unit structure of carbohydrates, of general formula CHO. Either the simple sugars or polymers such as starch and cellulose. The saccharides exist in either a ring or short chain conformation, and typically contain five or six carbon atoms.