A naturally occurring sugar found in plants and animals. Glucose is a clear, crystalline water-soluble carbohydrate most often used for flavoring foods and for fermentation. In art, aqueous solutions of glucose (corn syrup) have been used as a glycerol substitute to plasticize glue and starch pastes. Glucose can attract insects and is susceptible to biological growth.
Synonyms and Related Terms
sugar; dextrose, d-glucose; grape sugar; corn sugar; blood sugar; corn syrup
Soluble in water. Slightly soluble in ethanol.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 180.2|
Hazards and Safety
Combustible. Incompatible with strong bases. Decomposition may produce toxic fumes.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
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- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998