complex carbohydrate
noun Date: 1938 a polysaccharide (as starch or cellulose) consisting of usually hundreds or thousands of monosaccharide units; also a food (as rice or pasta) composed primarily of such polysaccharides

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  • Carbohydrate synthesis — is a sub field of organic chemistry concerned specifically with the generation of natural and unnatural carbohydrate structures. This can include the synthesis of monosaccharide residues or structures containing more than one monosaccharide,… …   Wikipedia

  • carbohydrate — 1851, from carbo , comb. form of CARBON (Cf. carbon), + HYDRATE (Cf. hydrate) (n.), denoting compound produced when certain substances combine with water, from Gk. hydor water (see WATER (Cf. water) (n.1)). The name carbohydrate was given to… …   Etymology dictionary

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