Definition of oligosaccharide in English:

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oligosaccharide

Pronunciation: /ˌɒlɪɡə(ʊ)ˈsakərʌɪd/

noun

Biochemistry
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.

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