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Related to oligosaccharide: polysaccharide
A carbohydrate that consists of a relatively small number of monosaccharides.
(Biochemistry) any one of a class of carbohydrates consisting of a few monosaccharide units linked together. Compare polysaccharide
ol•i•go•sac•cha•ride(ˌɒl ɪ goʊˈsæk əˌraɪd, -rɪd)
any carbohydrate yielding fewer than ten monosaccharides on hydrolysis.
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|Noun||1.||oligosaccharide - any of the carbohydrates that yield only a few monosaccharide molecules on complete hydrolysis|
carbohydrate, saccharide, sugar - 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
disaccharide - any of a variety of carbohydrates that yield two monosaccharide molecules on complete hydrolysis
tetrasaccharide - any of a variety of carbohydrates that yield four monosaccharide molecules on complete hydrolysis
trisaccharide - any of a variety of carbohydrates that yield three monosaccharide molecules on complete hydrolysis