One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sugar of the hexose class found especially in honey and fruit.
- ‘Glucose, sucrose and fructose are the major soluble sugars found in strawberry fruit.’
- ‘The procedure is based on the cleavage of sucrose by invertase to glucose and fructose.’
- ‘When sucrose is hydrolyzed the mixture of glucose and fructose is called invert sugar.’
- ‘Invertase, for example, aids photosynthesis in vine leaves, by converting sucrose to the invert sugars fructose and glucose.’
- ‘Glucose and fructose, two sugars found in fruits and vegetables, are monosaccharides.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin fructus ‘fruit’ + -ose.
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