One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sugar present in sugar beet, cotton seed, and many cereals. It is a trisaccharide containing glucose, galactose, and fructose units.
- ‘Maximal survival was obtained after drying protoplasts with a mixture of sucrose and raffinose, while pure sucrose and trehalose were somewhat less effective protectants.’
- ‘A standard mixture of glucose, fructose, sucrose, and raffinose was prepared from stock solutions and used for calibration and as an external standard for determining elution volumes.’
- ‘In addition, sugars such as raffinose and sucrose are indicated to have important roles in protecting cells from water stress.’
- ‘Cells were released from the arrest by filtration and resuspended in fresh media with raffinose and galactose.’
- ‘Another digestive enzyme, alpha-galactosidase, may reduce the gas caused by beans and other carbohydrates containing the sugar raffinose.’
Late 19th century: from French raffiner ‘refine’ + -ose.
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