l-sorbose

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l-sor·bose

(sōr'bōs),
A very sweet reducing, but not fermentable, 2-ketohexose obtained from the berries of the rowan/mountain ash, Sorbus aucuparia (family Rosaceae), and from sorbitol by fermentation with Acetobacter suboxydans; epimeric with d-fructose and used in the manufacture of vitamin C.
Synonym(s): sorbin, sorbinose, sorbitose