Definition of raffinose in English:


Syllabification: raf·fi·nose
Pronunciation: /ˈrafəˌnōs, -ˌnōz


  • A sugar present in sugar beet, cotton seed, and many grains. It is a trisaccharide containing glucose, galactose, and fructose units.
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    • In addition, sugars such as raffinose and sucrose are indicated to have important roles in protecting cells from water stress.
    • A standard mixture of glucose, fructose, sucrose, and raffinose was prepared from stock solutions and used for calibration and as an external standard for determining elution volumes.
    • Another digestive enzyme, alpha-galactosidase, may reduce the gas caused by beans and other carbohydrates containing the sugar raffinose.


late 19th century: from French raffiner 'refine' + -ose2.

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