from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a group of long-chain polymers of glucose with various molecular weights that are used in confections, in lacquers, as food additives, and as plasma volume expanders.
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- n. a biopolymer of glucose produced by enzymes of certain bacteria; used as a substitute for blood plasma, and as a stationary phase in chromatography
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gum found in unripe beet-root and in molasses, and formed, together with mannite, by the mucic fermentation of sugar. It is a white amorphous substance readily soluble in water, and dextrorotatory. It has the formula C6H10O5.
dextr(ose) + -an2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)