a ketohexose, C6H12O6, occurring in mountain ash and obtained industrially from sorbitol by bacterial oxidation: used in the synthesis of vitamin C.
Origin of sorbose
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Sorbose is the only other ketohexose which has any importance in plant chemistry.
Sorbose is a crystalline solid, which is not fermentable by yeast, but which otherwise closely resembles fructose.
biochem a sweet-tasting hexose sugar derived from the berries of the mountain ash by bacterial action: used in the synthesis of ascorbic acid. Formula: CH 2 OH(CHOH) 3 COCH 2 OH
Word Origin for sorbose
C19: from sorb + -ose ²
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