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[dahy-sak-uh-rahyd, -rid] /daɪˈsæk əˌraɪd, -rɪd/
noun, Chemistry
any of a group of carbohydrates, as sucrose or lactose, that yield monosaccharides on hydrolysis.
Also called double sugar.
1890-95; di-1 + saccharide Unabridged
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  • Table sugar is sucrose, a glucose-fructose disaccharide.
British Dictionary definitions for disaccharide


/daɪˈsækəˌraɪd; -rɪd/
any of a class of sugars, such as maltose, lactose, and sucrose, having two linked monosaccharide units per molecule
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disaccharide in Medicine

disaccharide di·sac·cha·ride (dī-sāk'ə-rīd')
Any of a class of carbohydrates, including lactose and sucrose, that yield two monosaccharides upon hydrolysis.

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disaccharide in Science
Any of a class of sugars, including lactose and sucrose, that are composed of two monosaccharides.
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Encyclopedia Article for disaccharide

any substance that is composed of two molecules of simple sugars (monosaccharides) linked to each other. Sucrose, which is formed following photosynthesis in green plants, consists of one molecule of glucose and one of fructose; lactose (milk sugar), found in the milk of all mammals, consists of glucose and galactose; and maltose, a product of the breakdown of starches during digestion, consists of two molecules of glucose. Another important disaccharide, trehalose, which is found in the circulating fluid of many insects, also consists of two molecules of glucose, but they are linked in a way such that trehalose differs from maltose.

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