oligosaccharide

[ol-i-goh-sak-uh-rahyd, -rid]
noun Chemistry.
any carbohydrate yielding few monosaccharides on hydrolysis, as two, three, or four.

Origin:
1925–30; oligo- + saccharide

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oligosaccharide (ˌɒlɪɡəʊˈsækəˌraɪd, -rɪd)
 
n
Compare polysaccharide any one of a class of carbohydrates consisting of a few monosaccharide units linked together

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oligosaccharide ol·i·go·sac·cha·ride (ŏl'ĭ-gō-sāk'ə-rīd')
n.
A carbohydrate that consists of a relatively small number of monosaccharides.

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oligosaccharide  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (ŏl'ĭ-gō-sāk'ə-rīd', ō'lĭ-)  Pronunciation Key 
A carbohydrate consisting of a relatively small and specifiable number of monosaccharides joined together. Lactose, maltose, and sucrose are oligosaccharides consisting of two simple sugars. Raffinose is an oligosaccharide consisting of three simple sugars. Compare monosaccharide, polysaccharide.

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Oligosaccharides are found as a common form of protein posttranslational modification.
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