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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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The simplest, most fundamental unit of a carbohydrate is a monosaccharide—a single sugar molecule—made of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here's What Carbs Actually Do in Your Body," 23 May 2019 Your body responds by secreting digestive enzymes to break down the disaccharide molecule sucrose (or table sugar) into the monosaccharide glucose. Kate Morgan, The Cut, "Is Stevia Better for You Than Sugar?," 26 Mar. 2018 FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. Don Rauf,, "High-intensity exercise may be bad for the bowels," 23 June 2017 Glycolaldehyde is a monosaccharide sugar, the basic unit of carbohydrates. Clara Moskowitz, WIRED, "Key Molecule for Life Found in Habitable Region of the Galaxy," 26 Nov. 2008

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First Known Use of monosaccharide

1895, in the meaning defined above

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mono·​sac·​cha·​ride | \ ˌmän-ə-ˈsak-ə-ˌrīd How to pronounce monosaccharide (audio) \

Medical Definition of monosaccharide

: a sugar not decomposable to simpler sugars by hydrolysis

called also simple sugar

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