Meaning of sorbose

sor•bose

Pronunciation: (sôr'bōs), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. a ketohexose, CHO, occurring in mountain ash and obtained industrially from sorbitol by bacterial oxidation: used in the synthesis of vitamin C.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.