al·​do·​pen·​tose | \ ˌal-dō-ˈpen-ˌtōs How to pronounce aldopentose (audio) , -ˌtōz \
plural aldopentoses

Definition of aldopentose

: a pentose with an aldehyde functional group attached to the first carbon atom : a pentose (such as ribose or arabinose) of an aldehyde nature It is a naturally occurring monosaccharide with a carbonyl group located at the end of its 5-carbon chain, making it an aldehyde derivative, or an aldopentose.— Paula Frank, Prepared Foods, 1 June 2006

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First Known Use of aldopentose

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aldopentose

aldo- + pentose

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“Aldopentose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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