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Pronunciation: sir'up


  1. Refined molasses; the uncrystallizable saccharine solution left after the refining of sugar.
  2. Any sweet fluid; a solution of sugar in water in any proportion.
  3. 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.

Synonym(s): sirup, syrupus

[Mod. L. syrupus, fr. Ar. sharab]

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