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trehalose

[tree-huh-lohs, trih-hah-lohs] /ˈtri həˌloʊs, trɪˈhɑ loʊs/
noun, Chemistry.
1.
a white, crystalline disaccharide, C 12 H 22 O 11 , occurring in yeast, certain fungi, etc., and used to identify certain bacteria.
Origin of trehalose
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; trehal(a) + -ose2
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  • trehalose seems to serve as the reserve food for fungi in much the same way that sucrose does for higher plants.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
  • trehalose appears to replace sucrose in those plants which contain no chlorophyll and do not elaborate starch.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
  • The quantity of trehalose in such plants reaches a maximum just before spore formation begins.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
British Dictionary definitions for trehalose

trehalose

/ˈtriːhəˌləʊs; -ˌləʊz/
noun
1.
a white crystalline disaccharide that occurs in yeast and certain fungi. Formula: C12H22O11
Word Origin
C19: from trehala
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