Are all carbohydrates polymers?

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All carbohydrates are not polymer. Simple sugars are members of the carbohydrate group that are not considered polymers.


Simple sugars like glucose and fructose are monomers, both with the molecular formula #C_6H_12O_6#. This is the stuff polymers are made of, when a lot of them are chained together.

Table sugar sucrose may be considered a dimer of glucose and fructose, formula #C_12H_22O_11#.

You would hardly call these "poly" (=many).