Racemic carbohydrates - fact or fiction?

Alexander Erich Eugen Senning

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Chemical Abstracts Service has developed unsound practices in the naming and handling of simple carbohydrates such as aldopentoses 1, aldohexoses 2, and ketohexoses 3. Typically, the common name glucose is sometimes, inappropriately, interpreted as meaning DL-glucose DL-2d. Thus, a considerable number of CA names and registry numbers have been created for non-existing racemic carbohydrates and linked to irrelevant references which, moreover, in many cases cannot be retrieved by the SciFinder Scholar program.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-271
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • registry numbers
  • 2-ketohexoses
  • aldopentoses
  • racemates
  • carbohydrates
  • chemical abstracts
  • aldohexoses


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