[ sawr-bohs ]
/ ˈsɔr boʊs /
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noun Biochemistry.

a ketohexose, C6H12O6, occurring in mountain ash and obtained industrially from sorbitol by bacterial oxidation: used in the synthesis of vitamin C.



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Origin of sorbose

First recorded in 1895–1900; sorb(itol) + -ose2
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Example sentences from the Web for sorbose

  • Sorbose is a crystalline solid, which is not fermentable by yeast, but which otherwise closely resembles fructose.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
  • Sorbose is the only other ketohexose which has any importance in plant chemistry.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

British Dictionary definitions for sorbose

/ (ˈsɔːbəʊs) /


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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