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trehalose

[tree-huh-lohs, trih-hah-lohs]
noun Chemistry.
  1. a white, crystalline disaccharide, C12H22O11, occurring in yeast, certain fungi, etc., and used to identify certain bacteria.
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Origin of trehalose

First recorded in 1860–65; trehal(a) + -ose2
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Examples from the Web for trehalose

Historical Examples

  • Trehalose appears to replace sucrose in those plants which contain no chlorophyll and do not elaborate starch.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life

    Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

  • The quantity of trehalose in such plants reaches a maximum just before spore formation begins.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life

    Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

  • Trehalose seems to serve as the reserve food for fungi in much the same way that sucrose does for higher plants.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life

    Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher


British Dictionary definitions for trehalose

trehalose

noun
  1. a white crystalline disaccharide that occurs in yeast and certain fungi. Formula: C 12 H 22 O 11
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Word Origin

C19: from trehala
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