Definition of hexose in English:


Line breaks: hex¦ose
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛksəʊz
, -s/


Any of the class of simple sugars whose molecules contain six carbon atoms, such as glucose and fructose. They generally have the chemical formula C6H12O6.
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  • For example, fruit pulp of many species contains the disaccharide sucrose and the hexoses, glucose and fructose.
  • The most important monosaccharides are hexoses such as glucose and galactose.
  • Like fructose, it is a six-carbon atom sugar, or a hexose.


late 19th century: from hexa- 'six' + -ose2.

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