1. an informal unit used in the treatment of diabetes, equal to 15 grams of carbohydrates. This unit is known under various names, including carbo, carb unit, choice, or exchange. The significance of 15 grams is that in a very rough way that quantity of carbohydrate requires about 1 unit of injected insulin for patients with Type I diabetes (the actual ratio between carbohydrate and insulin varies considerably from patient to patient and is usually much lower for patients with Type II diabetes).
   2. an informal unit equal to 1 gram of carbohydrate, commonly used in describing low-carbohydrate diets such as the Atkins diet. This newer usage of the term "carb" conflicts with the traditional use by diabetics (previous entry).

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  • carb — carb·ac·i·dom·e·ter; carb·alk·oxy; carb·alk·ox·yl; carb·am·i·do ; carb·am·i·no; carb·an·i·on; carb·azot·ic; carb·eth·oxy; carb·eth·ox·yl; carb·eth·ox·yl·a·tion; carb·he·mo·glo·bin; al·di·carb; carb; …   English syllables

  • Carb- — vor Konsonanten Carbo [↑ Carbo, ↑ Carboneum] Namensstamm in Namen von anorg. u. org. Kohlenstoffverb. u. in Begriffen, die sich auf Kohle u./od. Kohlenstoff (↑ Carbon) beziehen, z. B. Carbanion, Carben, Carbid, Carbonisieren, Carboxy , Carburier …   Universal-Lexikon

  • carb- — carb(o) élément, du lat. carbo, carbonis, charbon . ⇒CARBO , CARB , CARBI , élément préf. Élément préf. tiré du lat. carbo (charbon) et entrant dans la compos. de termes de chimie : carbasone, subst. fém. « Médicament arsenical se présentant sous …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Carb — may refer to:*Carbohydrate, a simple molecule *Carburetor, a device that blends air and fuel for an internal combustion engine *Carb (short for Carburetor), part of a bong or bowl that allows in air to be mixed with the smoke. *CARB, an acronym… …   Wikipedia

  • carb... — carb…, Carb… 〈in Zus.; vor Vokalen〉 = carbo…, Carbo… …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • carb... — carb..., Carb... [k...] vgl. ↑karbo..., Karbo …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • carb — (carburetor) (Slang) carburetor, part of an internal combustion engine; carbohydrate or a high carbohydrate food carb (carbohydrate) (Slang) carbohydrate or a high carbohydrate food …   English contemporary dictionary

  • carb — carb‹o›..., Carb‹o›... ↑ karbo..., ↑ Karbo …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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  • carb — 1942 as an abbreviation of CARBURETOR (Cf. carburetor); c.2000 as short for CARBOHYDRATE (Cf. carbohydrate) …   Etymology dictionary

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