Definition of carbohydrate in English:


Line breaks: carbo|hy¦drate
Pronunciation: /kɑːbəˈhʌɪdreɪt


  • 1Any of a large group of organic compounds occurring in foods and living tissues and including sugars, starch, and cellulose. They contain hydrogen and oxygen in the same ratio as water (2:1) and typically can be broken down to release energy in the animal body: water-soluble carbohydrates [mass noun]: dehydrated foods high in carbohydrate [as modifier]: carbohydrate metabolism
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    • Carbohydrate comes in two forms - starches and sugars - and both types have been shown to help improve performance by boosting the body's stores of glycogen.
    • Scientific research suggests that alpha lipoic acid helps increase the carbohydrate absorption and storage by your muscles, independent of insulin.
    • Carbohydrate is the primary energy source used by the body during distance / endurance events.
  • 1.1Food consisting of or containing a lot of carbohydrates: before the event I will starve myself of carbohydrates and eat a lot of protein [mass noun]: make sure you feed them lots of carbohydrate
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    • "Active women need to eat carbohydrates," explains Kristia.
    • More than half the recipes have 10 grams of carbohydrates or less.
    • Friends talked ecstatically of losing pounds by not eating carbohydrates, or only eating meat.


mid 19th century: from carbo- + hydrate.

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