Carbohydrate definition

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Any of a group of organic compounds that includes sugars, starches, celluloses, and gums and serves as a major energy source in the diet of animals. These compounds are produced by photosynthetic plants and contain only carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, usually in the ratio 1:2:1.
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Any of certain organic compounds, including the sugars, starches, and celluloses, which usually have the general formula Cx(H2O)y: carbohydrates are subdivided into monosaccharides, disaccharides, etc., and form an important class of foods in animal nutrition, supplying energy to the body.
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A food, such as bread, rice, or potatoes, that is composed largely of these substances.
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Any of a group of organic compounds, including sugars, starches, celluloses, and gums, that contain only carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen and that originate chiefly as products of photosynthesis. Carbohydrates serve as a major energy source for living things.
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The definition of a carbohydrate is an organic compound that occurs in living tissues or food and that can be broken down into energy by people or animals.

Sugar is an example of a carbohydrate.

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(organic chemistry, nutrition) A sugar, starch, or cellulose that is a food source of energy for an animal or plant; a saccharide.

These microbes are primarily responsible for breaking down cellulose and other carbohydrates into volatile fatty acids (VFAs).

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Any of a large class of organic compounds consisting of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, usually with twice as many hydrogen atoms as carbon or oxygen atoms. Carbohydrates are produced in green plants by photosynthesis and serve as a major energy source in animal diets. Sugars, starches, and cellulose are all carbohydrates.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
carbohydrate
Plural:
carbohydrates

Origin of carbohydrate

  • From their general formula Cn(H2O)n; they were once thought to be hydrates of carbon.

    From Wiktionary