Ball-and-stick model of a glucose molecule (in one of its cyclic, pyranose forms).




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  • Through French, from Ancient Greek γλεῦκος; note: -ose comes from glucose, not the other way round. In other words, the view of the word glucose as gluco- + -ose is a reanalysis rather than a historical etymology. This is unusual for being a reanalysis that works completely, that is, without any leftover nonsense syllables (such as the ham- in reanalyzed hamburger).

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