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  1. a white, crystalline, water-soluble disaccharide, C12H22O11, that is obtained by the breakdown of cellulose or lichenin and yields glucose upon hydrolysis: used chiefly in bacteriology as a reagent.
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Origin of cellobiose

First recorded in 1900–05; cell(ulose) + -o- + bi-2 + -ose2
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  • Cellobiose is a disaccharide which results from the hydrolysis of cellulose.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life

    Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

British Dictionary definitions for cellobiose


cellose (ˈsɛləʊz)

  1. a disaccharide obtained by the hydrolysis of cellulose by cellulase. Formula: C 12 H 22 O 11
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Word Origin

C20: from cellulose + bi- 1 + -ose ²
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