from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A crystalline pentose sugar, C5H10O5, obtained from plant polysaccharides such as gums and hemicelluloses.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An aldopentose that occurs most often in polysaccharides such as hemicellulose and pectin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sugar of the composition C5H10O5, obtained from cherry gum by boiling it with dilute sulphuric acid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crystallizable sugar, C6H12O6, prepared by the action of sulphuric acid on arabin.
(gum) arab(ic) + -in + -ose2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)