Define the term monosaccharide, and give an example.


Define the term monosaccharide, and give an example.


Starch, cellulose, and sugars are examples of the group of chemical compounds known as carbohydrates. Similar to water, carbohydrates have a 2:1 ratio of oxygen to hydrogen. The empirical formula of carbohydrates is {eq}{\rm{C}}{{\rm{H}}_{\rm{2}}}{\rm{O}} {/eq}.

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  • A monosaccharide is a type of simple sugar that is the foundation for more complex sugars like polysaccharides and oligosaccharides. Saccharides are...

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Chemical Digestion of Carbohydrates: Definition & Process


Chapter 17 / Lesson 9

Understand the basics of a carbohydrate's structure, examples and how they are broken down and formed. Learn about the different classes of carbohydrates: monosaccharides, disaccharides and polysaccharides.

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