Share this entry

oligosaccharide Syllabification: ol·i·go·sac·cha·ride
Pronunciation: /ˌäləɡōˈsakəˌrīd/

Definition of oligosaccharide in English:


A carbohydrate whose molecules are composed of a relatively small number of monosaccharide units.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of oligosaccharide in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day doofus
Pronunciation: ˈdo͞ofəs
a stupid person