How are carbohydrates and saccharides related?

3 Answers
Dec 2, 2017

Carbohydrates themselves are polymers made up of monomers i.e monosaccharides.


Polymers are usually of high molecular mass. They are formed as a result of combination of a lot of monomer subunits.
Similarly, when monosaccharides(monomers) combine with each other by means of glycosidic bonds releasing water molecules, then they form carbohydrates(polymer).

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Dec 2, 2017

Carbohydrates consists of Monosaccharides , Disaccharides and Polysaccharides.

Disaccharides consists of 2-10 Monosaccharides units
Polysaccharides consists of 100-1000+ Monosaccharides units

Dec 3, 2017


  • Carbohydrate is a huge group of organic molecules commonly called sugars, or saccharides.
  • These could be monosaccharide (=single sugar unit), disaccharide (=double sugar units), oligosaccharide (=three to ten sugar units) and polysaccharide (=many sugar units).
  • So, please note that such monomers/monosaccharides as well as polymers/polysaccharides are all carbohydrates.

  • Polymerous carbohydrates are made of monosaccharidic units.
  • For example starch and glycogen both are made of hundreds of glucose units, though differently arranged. Cellulose is also a straight chain polymer of D-glucose.
  • Monosaccharide fructose units polymerise to form inulin, a natural polysaccharide fibre present in plants.

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