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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 of wood sugar
1895-1900 Unabridged
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  • His experiments have shown that these bacteria effectively convert cellulose to wood sugar.
  • There is a small blowdown from the storage tank to prevent the wood sugar concentration in the water from becoming too high.
British Dictionary definitions for wood sugar

wood sugar

(chem) another name for xylose
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wood sugar in Medicine

wood sugar n.
See xylose.

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