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[mass noun] A sugar of the hexose class which occurs as a component of many natural polysaccharides.
- ‘Other sugars found in foods, such as sucrose (table sugar), fructose (fruit sugar) and mannose are converted to glucose almost as quickly as starch is.’
- ‘The outermost layer of the cell wall is composed of diverse proteins bearing polysaccharide side chains composed of mannose.’
- ‘The mannose is dissolved in water and/or incorporated in a pharmaceutical agent or food for the purpose of administration.’
- ‘Asian and African populations showed selection in genes affecting the metabolism of the plant sugars mannose and sucrose.’
- ‘These data suggest that galactose and mannose may compete with glucose for uptake, whereas sucrose and fructose do not.’
Late 19th century: from mannite ‘mannitol’+ -ose.
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