a white, crystalline, water-soluble solid, C 5 H 10 O 5 , obtained from plant gums or made synthetically from glucose, used chiefly as a culture medium in bacteriology.
Historical Examples

It is, therefore, similar to amygdalin, except that one glucose molecule is replaced by arabinose.
The Chemistry of Plant Life Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

This was directly established for glucose, lævulose, galactose, and arabinose .
Researches on Cellulose C. F. Cross

On hydrolysis, it yields glucose, arabinose, and d-mandelo nitrile.
The Chemistry of Plant Life Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

a pentose sugar in plant gums, esp of cedars and pines. It is used as a culture medium in bacteriology. Formula: C5H10O5


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