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

Word History


aldo- + pentose

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aldopentose was in 1899

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“Aldopentose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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