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[ol-i-goh-sak-uh-rahyd, -rid]
noun Chemistry.
  1. any carbohydrate yielding few monosaccharides on hydrolysis, as two, three, or four.
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Origin of oligosaccharide

First recorded in 1925–30; oligo- + saccharide
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British Dictionary definitions for oligosaccharide


  1. any one of a class of carbohydrates consisting of a few monosaccharide units linked togetherCompare polysaccharide
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oligosaccharide in Medicine


  1. A carbohydrate that consists of a relatively small number of monosaccharides.
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oligosaccharide in Science


[ŏl′ĭ-gō-săkə-rīd′, ō′lĭ-]
  1. A carbohydrate consisting of a relatively small and specifiable number of monosaccharides joined together. Lactose, maltose, and sucrose are oligosaccharides consisting of two simple sugars. Raffinose is an oligosaccharide consisting of three simple sugars. Compare monosaccharide polysaccharide.
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