- Refined molasses; the uncrystallizable saccharine solution left after the refining of sugar.
- Any sweet fluid; a solution of sugar in water in any proportion.
- A liquid preparation of medicinal or flavoring substances in a concentrated aqueous solution of a sugar, usually sucrose; other polyols, such as glycerin or sorbitol, may be present to retard crystallization of sucrose or to increase the solubility of added ingredients. When the syrup contains a medicinal substance, it is termed a medicated syrup; although a syrup tends (due to its very high [approximately 85%] sucrose content) to resist mold or bacterial contamination, a syrup may contain antimicrobial agents to prevent bacterial and mold growth.
[Mod. L. syrupus, fr. Ar. sharab]
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