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From their general formula Cn(H2O)n; they were once thought to be hydrates of carbon.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kɑːbəʊˈhaɪdɹeɪt/
- (US) IPA(key): /kɑːɹboʊˈhaɪdɹeɪt/
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carbohydrate (plural carbohydrates)
- (organic chemistry, nutrition) A sugar, starch, or cellulose that is a food source of energy for an animal or plant; a saccharide.
- These microbes are primarily responsible for breaking down cellulose and other carbohydrates into volatile fatty acids (VFAs).
- See also Wikisaurus:carbohydrate
organic compounds; sugar, starch or cellulose