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hon·ey

(hŭn'ē),
1. Clarified honey, a saccharine substance deposited in the honeycomb by the honeybee, Apis mellifera; used as an excipient, as a flavor in gargles and cough remedies, and as a food.
2. In veterinary medicine, used as a wound or burn dressing.
Synonym(s): mel (1)
[A.S. hunig]

honey

A sweet, golden-brown, sticky fluid produced by honeybees from the nectar of flowers and stored in hives for food; honey has long been advocated as a healthy food that is superior to sugar.

honey

[AS. hunig]
A sweet thick liquid substance produced by bees via the enzymatic digestion of the sucrose in nectar into fructose and glucose. The honey's color and flavor are determined by the flowers from which the nectar was obtained. Honey has been used by humans as a food since ancient times. Honey is composed of mostly fructose and glucose with a typical moisture content of about 17%. It is unsafe for human infants to consume honey because it can contain Clostridium botulinum spores. This is usually not an issue for older individuals, as their stomach acid is sufficient to inhibit the growth of this organism.
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