[ Disaccharide ]

A carbohydrate molecule comprising of two monosaccharides.

Disaccharides are generally sweet-tasting, water-soluable, white, crystalline solids with the general formula of CnH2nOn.

Dietary disaccharides must be hydrolyzed to monosaccharides prior to absorption into the blood stream..

Examples: sucrose, lactose and maltose.

Also see:

  • Oligosaccharide
  • Polysaccharide
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