What monosaccharides make up cellulose?

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Jun 27, 2015

Answer:

Only one monosaccharide makes up cellulose, and that is glucose.

Explanation:

Cellulose is a long-chain polymer of glucose molecules.

The structure of glucose, #"C"_6"H"_12"O"_6#, is

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The structure of cellulose is

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We could write the equation for the formation of cellulose as

#underbrace(n"C"_6"H"_12"O"_6)_color(red)("glucose") → underbrace(("C"_6"H"_10"O"_5)_n)_color(red)("cellulose") + n"H"_2"O"#