[ dek-strohs ]
/ ˈdɛk stroʊs /

noun Biochemistry.

dextroglucose, commercially obtainable from starch by acid hydrolysis.

Nearby words

  1. dextroposition,
  2. dextrorotation,
  3. dextrorotatory,
  4. dextrorse,
  5. dextrorsely,
  6. dextrosinistral,
  7. dextrotorsion,
  8. dextrotropic,
  9. dextrous,
  10. dextrously

Origin of dextrose

First recorded in 1865–70; dextr- + -ose2

Also called corn sugar, grape sugar.

Can be confuseddextrose dextrous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dextrose


/ (ˈdɛkstrəʊz, -trəʊs) /


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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Word Origin and History for dextrose



1867, shortened from dextro-glucose, from dextro- "right" + -ose (2), chemical suffix indicating a sugar. So called because this form of glucose polarizes light to the right in spectroscopy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for dextrose


[ dĕkstrōs′ ]


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

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Science definitions for dextrose


[ dĕkstrōs′ ]

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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