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Definition of carbohydrate noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    carbohydrate

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    noun
    NAmE//ˌkɑrboʊˈhaɪdreɪt//
     
    , NAmE//ˌkɑrbəˈhaɪdreɪt//
     
     
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  1. 1(informal carb) [countable, uncountable] a substance such as sugar or starch that consists of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Carbohydrates in food provide the body with energy and heat.
  2. 2carbohydrates (informal carbs) [plural] foods such as bread, potatoes, and rice that contain a lot of carbohydrates I'm trying to cut down on carbohydrates. see also low-carb
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: carbohydrate