What do you mean by an anomeric carbon? I want an answer preferably for anomeric carbon in carbohydrates (sugars)
In the cyclic form of a sugar, the anomeric carbon is the carbon that was part of the carbonyl group in the straight-chain structure.
For example, the linear structure of glucose is
When the chain converts to a ring, C-1 becomes a chiral centre.
C-1 is the anomeric carbon.
In D-fructose, the carbonyl group is at