xylose: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (zī'lōs), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. a colorless, crystalline pentose sugar, CHO, derived from xylan, straw, corncobs, etc., by treating with heated dilute sulfuric acid, and dehydrating to furfural if stronger acid is used.
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