maltose [mawl-tohs] Word Origin noun Chemistry.
- a white, crystalline, water-soluble sugar, C12H22O11⋅H2O, formed by the action of diastase, especially from malt, on starch: used chiefly as a nutrient, as a sweetener, and in culture media.
- a disaccharide of glucose formed by the enzymic hydrolysis of starch: used in bacteriological culture media and as a nutrient in infant feeding. Formula: C 12 H 22 O 11
Word Origin for maltose C19: from malt + -ose ² malt-sugar in Medicine maltose [môl′tōs′, -tōz′] n.
- A white crystalline sugar formed during the digestion of starch.
malt-sugar in Science maltose [môl′tōs′]
- A sugar made by the action of various enzymes on starch. It is formed in the body during digestion. Maltose is a disaccharide consisting of two linked glucose molecules. Chemical formula: C12H22O11.