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14.1     What are monosaccharides?

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Monosaccharides are the carbohydrates that cannot be hydrolysed further to give simpler units of polyhydroxy aldehyde or ketone. Nearly 20 monosaccharides are known to occur in nature. The general formula of monosaccharides is (CH_{2}O)_{}n where, n =3 to 7. Some common examples of monosaccharides are glucose, fructose.

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