Definition of monosaccharide
: a sugar that is not decomposable into simpler sugars by hydrolysis, is classed as either an aldose or ketose, and contains one or more hydroxyl groups per molecule —called also simple sugar
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FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols.
Glycolaldehyde is a monosaccharide sugar, the basic unit of carbohydrates.
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Origin and Etymology of monosaccharide
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1895See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of monosaccharide
: a sugar not decomposable to simpler sugars by hydrolysis—called also simple sugar
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