Meaning of hexose in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɛksəʊs/


  • Any of the class of simple sugars whose molecules contain six carbon atoms, such as glucose and fructose. They generally have the chemical formula C₆H₁₂O₆.

    ‘For example, fruit pulp of many species contains the disaccharide sucrose and the hexoses, glucose and fructose.’
    • ‘The most important monosaccharides are hexoses such as glucose and galactose.’
    • ‘Like fructose, it is a six-carbon atom sugar, or a hexose.’
    • ‘They have six atoms of carbon in each molecule and are therefore called hexoses.’
    • ‘These hexoses were taken up and sucrose was synthesized and exported into the hypocotyl.’


Late 19th century from hexa- ‘six’ + -ose.