1. oligosaccharide

noun. any of the carbohydrates that yield only a few monosaccharide molecules on complete hydrolysis.


  • trisaccharide
  • sugar
  • saccharide
  • tetrasaccharide
  • disaccharide


  • oligo- (English)
  • saccharide (English)

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Sentences with oligosaccharide

1. Adjective
Raffinose is an oligosaccharide — a type of sugar found in some vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, as well as in whole grains and beans.

2. Adverb
In the rough ER, oligosaccharide groups (relatively short sugars) are attached to small proteins as they pass through en route to other organelles or secretory vesicles.

3. Noun, singular or mass
Lactose, which is the main sugar in milk, is another oligosaccharide.

4. Preposition or subordinating conjunction
Garlic, often included in pasta sauces, is a fructan (oligosaccharide), a type of carbohydrate that is not broken down well by your gut, explains Dr. Ivanina.