a white, crystalline, water-soluble sugar, C12H22O11⋅H2O, formed by the action of diastase, especially from malt, on starch: used chiefly as a nutrient, as a sweetener, and in culture media.
- Also called malt sugar, mal·to·bi·ose [mawl-toh-bahy-ohs]. /ˌmɔl toʊˈbaɪ oʊs/.
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British Dictionary definitions for maltose
a disaccharide of glucose formed by the enzymic hydrolysis of starch: used in bacteriological culture media and as a nutrient in infant feeding. Formula: C 12 H 22 O 11
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Scientific definitions for maltose
A sugar made by the action of various enzymes on starch. It is formed in the body during digestion. Maltose is a disaccharide consisting of two linked glucose molecules. Chemical formula: C12H22O11.
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