Definition of oligosaccharide in English:

oligosaccharide

Syllabification: ol·i·go·sac·cha·ride
Pronunciation: /ˌäligōˈsakəˌrīd
 
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noun

Biochemistry
  • A carbohydrate whose molecules are composed of a relatively small number of monosaccharide units.
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    • All carbohydrates can be classified as either monosaccharides, oligosaccharides or polysaccharides.
    • Prebiotics are complex carbohydrates - oligosaccharides, such as inulin and short-chain sugars.
    • Enzymes that act on substrates such as polypeptides, nucleic acids, oligosaccharides, or lipid membranes often interact with more than one substrate molecule.

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