carbohydrates

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Carbohydrate \Car'bo*hy"drate\, noun [Carbon + hydrate.] (Physiol. Chem.) One of a group of compounds including the sugars, starches, and gums, which contain six (or some multiple of six) carbon atoms, united with a variable number of hydrogen and oxygen atoms, but with the two latter always in proportion as to form water; as dextrose, {C6H12O6}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

carbohydrate

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 [syn: {carbohydrate}, {saccharide}, {sugar}]

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