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[zahy-lohs] /ˈzaɪ loʊs/
noun, Chemistry
a colorless, crystalline pentose sugar, C 5 H 10 O 5 , derived from xylan, straw, corncobs, etc., by treating with heated dilute sulfuric acid, and dehydrating to furfural if stronger acid is used.
Origin of xylose
1890-95; < Greek xýl(on) wood + -ose2 Unabridged
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/ˈzaɪləʊz; -ləʊs/
a white crystalline dextrorotatory sugar found in the form of xylan in wood and straw. It is extracted by hydrolysis with acids and used in dyeing, tanning, and in foods for diabetics. Formula: C5H10O5
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xylose in Medicine

xylose xy·lose (zī'lōs')
A white crystalline sugar used in dyeing and tanning and in diabetic diets. Also called wood sugar.

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xylose in Science
A white crystalline sugar extracted from wood, straw, and corn. It is used in dyeing and tanning and as a substitute for sucrose in diabetic diets. Chemical formula: C5H10O5.
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