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stevioside

Syllabification: ste·vi·o·side
Pronunciation: /ˈstēvēəˌsīd, ˈstev-
 
/

Definition of stevioside in English:

noun

A sweet compound of the glycoside class obtained from the leaves of a Paraguayan shrub and used as a food sweetener.
  • The shrub is Stevia rebaudiana (family Compositae)
Example sentences
  • The substances responsible for the plant's sweetness are chemicals called glycosides, primarily one dubbed stevioside, which are concentrated in the leaves.
  • The green leaves of this plant contain large amounts (up to 5 percent of dry weight) of stevioside, a sweetener estimated to be 300 times as sweet as table sugar.
  • In the past 10 years, the United States has three times vetoed applications to use stevioside as a food additive, and the agent has suffered the same fate in European Union, Canada and Singapore.

Origin

1930s: from the genus name Stevia (from the name of P. J. Esteve (died 1566), Spanish botanist) + -ose2 + -ide.

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