A simple sugar with six carbon atoms. Most sugars found in food are hexose sugars. Examples of hexose sugars are fructose, galactose, glucose and mannose.
Hex"ose (?), n. [Hexa- + - ose.] (Chem.)
Any member of a group of sugars containing six carbon atoms in the molecule. Some are widely distributed in nature, esp. in ripe fruits.
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