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Pronunciation: zi'los

Definition: An aldopentose, isomeric with ribose, obtained by fermentation or hydrolysis of naturally occurring carbohydrate substances, in wood fiber. An important dietary component for herbivores. The d-isomer is also known as wood or beechwood sugar.

Synonym(s): uridine diphosphoxylose

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