monosaccharide

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noun mono·sac·cha·ride \ ˌmä-nə-ˈsa-kə-ˌrīd \

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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monosaccharide

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noun mono·sac·cha·ride \ ˌmän-ə-ˈsak-ə-ˌrīd \

medical Definition of monosaccharide

:a sugar not decomposable to simpler sugars by hydrolysis called also simple sugar

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