Pronunciation: (môl'tōs), [key]
a white, crystalline, water-soluble sugar, C12H22O11·H2O, formed by the action of diastase, esp. from malt, on starch: used chiefly as a nutrient, as a sweetener, and in culture media. Also called malt' sug"ar, mal•to•bi•ose Pronunciation: (môl"tō-bī'ōs). [key]
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