from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The dextrorotatory form of glucose, C6H12O6·H2O, found naturally in animal and plant tissue and derived synthetically from starch. Also called dextroglucose.

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  • n. the naturally-occurring dextrorotatory form of glucose monosaccharide molecule

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sirupy, or white crystalline, variety of sugar, C6H12O6 (so called from turning the plane of polarization to the right), occurring in many ripe fruits, and also called glucose. Dextrose and levulose are obtained by the inversion of cane sugar or sucrose, and hence the mixture is called called invert sugar. Dextrose is chiefly obtained by the action of heat and acids on starch, and hence called also starch sugar. It is also formed from starchy food by the action of the amylolytic ferments of saliva and pancreatic juice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sugar (C6H12O6) belonging to the glucose group, which crystallizes from aqueous solution with one molecule of water in nodular masses of six-sided scales.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an isomer of glucose that is found in honey and sweet fruits


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition


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dextro- + -ose (right sugar)


  • Since dextrose is a form of sugar, this makes complete sense.

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  • Simple carbohydrates that contain only one sugar unit are monosaccharides and include glucose sometimes called dextrose, fructose, and galactose.


  • The simplest simple carbohydrates are glucose (sometimes called dextrose), fructose (also called fruit sugar), and galactose (a part of milk sugar).

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  • Glucose Glucose, also called dextrose, is a simple sugar, and the most common sugar from which living cells directly extract chemical energy.

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  • The sugar is what is known as dextrose, not the refined sugar of commerce.

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  • The one exception is dextrose, which is a simple sugar; but even this is combined in the liver and the muscles to form the more complex compound known as glycogen.

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  • Did you know that D-glucose is also called dextrose?

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  • Sugar masquerades under a variety of guises, such as dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, invert sugar and maltose, but trying to figure out what percentage of calories these sugars represent in a packaged food product is akin to scoring a concert ticket to Lady Gaga -- it's pretty much impossible.

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  • The best way to boost blood sugar levels is to consume about 15-30 grams of a fast-acting carbohydrate, such as dextrose tablets, juice or a sports drink.

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  • Dr. Scott Greenberg said the injections are generally made up of two anesthetics and an inflammatory agent such as dextrose or cod liver extract.

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