AskDefine | Define heptose

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From hepta meaning seven and -ose meaning sugar


  1. A sugar or saccharide containing seven carbon atoms.

Extensive Definition

A heptose is a monosaccharide with seven carbon atoms.
They either have an aldehyde functional group in position 1 (aldoheptoses), or a ketone functional group in position 2 (ketoheptoses).
There are few examples of C-7 sugars in nature, among which are sedoheptulose and L-glycero-D-manno-heptose.

See also

heptose in German: Heptosen
heptose in French: Heptose
heptose in Hungarian: Heptóz
heptose in Polish: Heptozy
heptose in Portuguese: Heptose
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