Triose

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triose

[′trī‚ōs]
(biochemistry)
A group of monsaccharide compounds that have a three-carbon chain length.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Triose

 

any of several dihydroxy carbonyl compounds containing three carbon atoms; the simplest monosaccharides. Among the trioses are D- and L-glyceraldehyde and dihydroxyacetone.

In green plants, trioses are formed by the fixation of carbon dioxide in the process of photosynthesis. Trioses and trióse phosphates are important metabolic intermediates. (See also.) [26–646–1 ]

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