Carbohydrates

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

Abstract

The word carbohydrate was originally derived from the fact that the greater part of the compounds in this class had the empirical formula Cn(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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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1987

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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