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Noun: carbohydrate  ,kaa(r)-bow'hI,dreyt or ,kaa(r)-bow'hI-drut
  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; classified according to the number of monosaccharide groups they contain
    - saccharide, sugar, carb [informal]

Derived forms: carbohydrates

Type of: macromolecule, supermolecule

Encyclopedia: Carbohydrate