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[sawr-bohs] /ˈsɔr boʊs/
noun, Biochemistry
a ketohexose, C 6 H 1 2 O 6 , occurring in mountain ash and obtained industrially from sorbitol by bacterial oxidation: used in the synthesis of vitamin C.
Origin of sorbose
1895-1900; sorb(itol) + -ose2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • sorbose is the only other ketohexose which has any importance in plant chemistry.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for sorbose


(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: CH2OH(CHOH)3COCH2OH
Word Origin
C19: from sorb + -ose²
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