• Leonard W. Aurand
  • A. Edwin Woods
  • Marion R. Wells


The word carbohydrate was originally derived from the fact that the greater part of the compounds in this class had the empirical formula C n (H2O) n . The values of n ranged from three to many thousands. This formula is now considered too restrictive, and a more useful definition might be “polyhydroxy aldehydes or ketones and their derivatives.” This latter definition encompasses deoxy sugars, sugar alcohols, sugar acids, and amino sugars.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonard W. Aurand
    • 1
  • A. Edwin Woods
    • 2
  • Marion R. Wells
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Food ScienceNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryMiddle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboroUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiologyMiddle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboroUSA

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