wood sugar

noun Chemistry.
a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C 5 H 10 O 5 , the dextrorotatory form of xylose: used chiefly in dyeing and tanning.

Origin:
1895–1900

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wood sugar
 
n
chem another name for xylose

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wood sugar n.
See xylose.

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His experiments have shown that these bacteria effectively convert cellulose to wood sugar.
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