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A carbohydrate that cannot form any simpler sugar by simple hydrolysis, for example, pentoses, hexoses.
Any of several carbohydrates, such as tetroses, pentoses, and hexoses, that cannot be broken down to simpler sugars by hydrolysis. Also called simple sugar.
monosaccharideSimple sugar A monomer of a more complex carbohydrate Examples Glucose, fructose, galactose. Cf Disaccharide, Polysaccharide.
A carbohydrate that cannot form any simpler sugar by simple hydrolysis; e.g., pentoses, hexoses.