[mass noun] A compound which is the chief component of cane or beet sugar.
- ‘The procedure is based on the cleavage of sucrose by invertase to glucose and fructose.’
- ‘Epidermal cells contained low concentrations of sucrose, glucose and fructose, and no fructan.’
- ‘Also, be aware that sugar might be described as sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose and so on.’
- ‘Glucose, sucrose and fructose are the major soluble sugars found in strawberry fruit.’
- ‘This effect seems to be restricted to sucrose; glucose and fructose do not produce the same result.’
Mid 19th century: from French sucre sugar + -ose.