Biochemistry pp 117-140 | Cite as


  • J. Stenesh


Carbohydrates, or saccharides (from the Greek, meaning “sugar”), are widespread in nature, especially in plants. More commonly known as sugars, they constitute, on the basis of mass, the most abundant class of biomolecules. More than half of all the organic carbon on Earth occurs in the form of two carbohydrates, starch and cellulose.


Hyaluronic Acid Chondroitin Sulfate Amino Sugar Chiral Center Sugar Alcohol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Stenesh
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  1. 1.Western Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

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