[ soo-krohs ]
/ ˈsu kroʊs /

noun Chemistry.

a crystalline disaccharide, C12H22O11, the sugar obtained from the sugarcane, the sugar beet, and sorghum, and forming the greater part of maple sugar; sugar.

Nearby words

  1. sucralfate,
  2. sucralose,
  3. sucrase,
  4. sucre,
  5. sucre, antonio josé de,
  6. sucrose polyester,
  7. sucrosemia,
  8. sucrosuria,
  9. suction,
  10. suction and curettage

Origin of sucrose

1855–60; < French sucre sugar + -ose2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sucrose


/ (ˈsjuːkrəʊz, -krəʊs) /


the technical name for sugar (def. 1)

Word Origin for sucrose

C19: from French sucre sugar + -ose ²

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Word Origin and History for sucrose



1857, formed from French sucre "sugar" (see sugar) + chemical suffix -ose (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for sucrose


[ sōōkrōs′ ]


A nonreducing crystalline disaccharide made up of glucose and fructose, found in many plants but extracted as ordinary sugar mainly from sugar cane and sugar beets, and widely used as a sweetener or preservative.

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Science definitions for sucrose


[ sōōkrōs′ ]

A crystalline sugar found in many plants, especially sugar cane, sugar beets, and sugar maple. It is used widely as a sweetener. Sucrose is a disaccharide composed of fructose and glucose. Also called table sugar. Chemical formula: C12H22O11.
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