noun[mass noun] Chemistry
A sugar of the pentose class which occurs widely in plants, especially as a component of hemicelluloses.
- The pretreated fiber contains sugars, mainly arabinose and xylose and some glucose.
- The major sugars were glucose, xylose, galactose, and arabinose, while uronic acid, rhamnose, mannose, and fucose represented the minor sugars.
- There are eight essential saccharides: mannose, glucose, galactose, xylose, fucose, N-acetylglucosamine, N-acetylgalactosamine and N-acetylneuraminic acid.
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