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White crystalline monosaccharide with a sweet taste. Mannose is produced by the oxidation of mannitol, which is found in many plants and seaweeds.

Synonyms and Related Terms

seminose; carubinose

Chemical structure


Other Properties

Soluble in water, alcohol, acetic acid.

Composition C6H12O6
CAS 3458-28-4
Melting Point 133
Molecular Weight mol.wt.=180.16

Hazards and Safety

Fisher Scientific: MSDS

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 5791
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998