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raffinose

[raf-uh-nohs] /ˈræf əˌnoʊs/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
a colorless, crystalline trisaccharide, C 1 8 H 3 2 O 1 6 ⋅5H 2 O, with little or no sweetness, occurring in the sugar beet, cottonseed, etc., and breaking down to fructose, glucose, and galactose on hydrolysis.
Also called gossypose, melitose, melitriose.
Origin of raffinose
1875-1880
1875-80; < French raffin(er) to refine (see raffinate) + -ose2
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  • raffinose is a trisaccharide composed of galactose, fructose, and glucose.
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raffinose

/ˈræfɪˌnəʊz; -ˌnəʊs/
noun
1.
(biochem) a trisaccharide of fructose, glucose, and galactose that occurs in sugar beet, cotton seed, certain cereals, etc. Formula: C18H32O16
Word Origin
C19: from French raffiner to refine + -ose²
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raffinose
  (rāf'ə-nōs')   
A white crystalline sugar obtained from cottonseed meal, sugar beets, and molasses. Raffinose is an oligosaccharide, consisting of three simple sugars (fructose, galactose, and glucose) linked together. Chemical formula: C18H32O16.
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