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-ose1

1.
a suffix occurring in adjectives borrowed from Latin, meaning “full of,” “abounding in,” “given to,” “like”:
frondose; globose; jocose; otiose; verbose.
Origin
< Latin -ōsus. Compare -ous

-ose2

1.
a suffix used in chemical terminology to form the names of sugars and other carbohydrates (amylose; fructose; hexose; lactose), and of protein derivatives (proteose).
Origin
extracted from glucose
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British Dictionary definitions for -ose

-ose1

suffix
1.
possessing; resembling: verbose, grandiose
Word Origin
from Latin -ōsus; see -ous

-ose2

suffix
1.
indicating a carbohydrate, esp a sugar: lactose
2.
indicating a decomposition product of protein: albumose
Word Origin
from glucose
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Word Origin and History for -ose

word-forming element used to make adjectives from nouns, with the meaning "full of, abounding in, having qualities of," from Latin -osus (cf. -ous).

standard ending in chemical names of sugars, originally simply a noun-forming suffix, taken up by French chemists mid-19c.; it has no etymological connection with sugar. It appears around the same time in two chemical names, cellulose, which would owe it to the French suffix, and glucose, where it would be a natural result from the Greek original. Flood favors origin from glucose.

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-ose in Medicine

-ose 1
suff.
Possessing; having the characteristics of; full of: ramose.

-ose 2
suff.

  1. Carbohydrate: fructose.

  2. Product of protein hydrolysis: proteose.

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-ose in Science
-ose  
A suffix used to form the chemical names of carbohydrates, such as glucose.
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