Carbohydrate

Carbohydrate

WordNet



noun


(1)   An essential structural component of living cells and source of energy for animals; includes simple sugars with small molecules as well as macromolecular substances; are classified according to the number of monosaccharide groups they contain
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Etymology


From their general formula Cn(H2O)n; they were once thought to be hydrates of carbon.

Noun


  1. A sugar, starch, or cellulose that is a food source of energy for an animal or plant; a saccharide.
    These microbes are primarily responsible for breaking down cellulose and other carbohydrates into volatile fatty acids (VFAs).