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noun Biochemistry.

dextroglucose, commercially obtainable from starch by acid hydrolysis.



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Also called corn sugar, grape sugar.

Origin of dextrose

First recorded in 1865–70; dextr- + -ose2
dextrose , dextrous
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British Dictionary definitions for dextrose

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a white soluble sweet-tasting crystalline solid that is the dextrorotatory isomer of glucose, occurring widely in fruit, honey, and in the blood and tissue of animals. Formula: C 6 H 12 O 6Also called: grape sugar, dextroglucose
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Medical definitions for dextrose

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The dextrorotatory form of glucose found naturally in animal and plant tissue and derived synthetically from starch.
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Scientific definitions for dextrose

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A sugar that is the most common form of glucose. It is found in plant and animal tissues and also derived from starch. Dextrose is the dextrorotatory form of glucose.
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