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pentose

[ pen-tohs ]
/ ˈpɛn toʊs /
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noun Chemistry.
a monosaccharide containing five atoms of carbon, as xylose, C5H10O5, or produced from pentosans by hydrolysis.
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Origin of pentose

First recorded in 1890; from German see pent-, -ose2
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British Dictionary definitions for pentose

pentose
/ (ˈpɛntəʊs) /

noun
any monosaccharide containing five atoms of carbon per molecule: occur mainly in plants and the nucleic acids

Word Origin for pentose

C20: from penta- + -ose ²
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Scientific definitions for pentose

pentose
[ pĕntōs′ ]

Any of a class of simple sugars (monosaccharides) having five carbon atoms per molecule. Ribose and deoxyribose are pentoses.
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