Triose

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Definition

noun, plural: trioses

A three-carbon monosaccharide


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A triose is made up of a chain of three carbon atoms. Two naturally occurring trioses are aldotriose (glyceraldehyde) and ketotriose (dihydroxyacetone). These trioses are important metabolites in cellular respiration.


Word origin: tri- (three) + -ose (relating to sugars)

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