noun Biochemistry.

a white, crystalline, water-soluble solid, C3H6O3, that is an intermediate in carbohydrate metabolism and yields glycerol on reduction.

Nearby words

  1. glycan,
  2. glycation,
  3. glycemia,
  4. glycemic,
  5. glycemic index,
  6. glyceric,
  7. glyceric acid,
  8. glyceric aciduria,
  9. glyceridase,
  10. glyceride

Origin of glyceraldehyde

First recorded in 1880–85; glycer(in) + aldehyde

Also called glyceric aldehyde. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for glyceraldehyde




A sweet colorless crystalline solid that is an intermediate compound in carbohydrate metabolism.

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Science definitions for glyceraldehyde



A sweet colorless syrupy liquid that is an intermediate compound in carbohydrate metabolism. Chemical formula: C3H6O3.
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