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L-sorbose Fischer.png Sorbose.png
CAS number 87-79-6 YesY
PubChem 6904
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Molecular formula C6H12O6
Molar mass 180.16 g mol−1
Appearance Crystalline solid
Density 1.65 g/cm3 (15 °C)
Melting point 165 °C (329 °F; 438 K)
Solubility in water Highly Soluble
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Sorbose is a ketose belonging to the group of sugars known as monosaccharides. It has a sweetness that is equivalent to sucrose (table sugar).[1] The commercial production of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) often begins with sorbose. L-Sorbose is the configuration of the naturally occurring sugar.


  1. ^ a b Merck Index, 12th Edition, 8874