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Pronunciation: sak'a-rid

Definition: Any substance that is either a simple sugar (aldose or ketose) or a compound of such substances in glycosidic linkage to each other. Saccharides are classified as mono-, di-, tri-, and polysaccharides according to the number of monosaccharide groups composing them.

See: carbohydrates

[sacchari- + Fr. -ide, combining form signifying the more electronegative of the two elements in a binary compound]

See Also: carbohydrates

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