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oligosaccharide

[ol-i-goh-sak-uh-rahyd, -rid] /ˌɒl ɪ goʊˈsæk əˌraɪd, -rɪd/
noun, Chemistry
1.
any carbohydrate yielding few monosaccharides on hydrolysis, as two, three, or four.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; oligo- + saccharide
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oligosaccharide

/ˌɒlɪɡəʊˈsækəˌraɪd; -rɪd/
noun
1.
any one of a class of carbohydrates consisting of a few monosaccharide units linked together Compare polysaccharide
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oligosaccharide in Medicine

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 in Science
oligosaccharide
  (ŏl'ĭ-gō-sāk'ə-rīd', ō'lĭ-)   
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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