Definition of carbohydrate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɑːbəʊˈhaɪdreɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːrboʊˈhaɪdreɪt//
    Carbohydrates, Diet, Cell biology
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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. See related entries: Diet, Cell biology
  2. 2carbohydrates (informal carbs) [plural] foods such as bread, potatoes and rice that contain a lot of carbohydrate I’m trying to cut down on carbohydrates. See related entries: Carbohydrates, Diet
  3. Extra examples Nuts are high in carbohydrates. a high carbohydrate diet complex carbohydrates such as pasta
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: carbohydrate