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Xylose or wood sugar is an aldopentose — a monosaccharide containing five carbon atoms and including an aldehyde functional group. It has chemical formula C5H10O5. Xylose is found in the embryos of most edible plants.
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In animal medicine, xylose is used to test for malabsorption by administering to the patient in water after fasting. If xylose is detected in blood and/or urine within the next few hours, it has been absorbed by the intestines.
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