triose n : any monosaccharide sugar containing three atoms of carbon per molecule
EtymologyFrom tri, meaning three and -ose meaning sugar
- Dihydroxyacetone and L- / D-glyceraldehyde are the only trioses.
A triose is a monosaccharide containing three carbon atoms. There are only two trioses, an aldotriose (glyceraldehyde) and a ketotriose (dihydroxyacetone). Trioses are important in respiration.
The D-aldotriose is D-Glyceraldehyde
The ketotriose is dihydroxyacetone: