hexose defined in 1951 yearhexose - hexose;
hexose - Sugar (monosaccharide) with six carbon atoms, e.g. glucose, fructose, galactose. Combinations of hexoses make up most of biologically important disaccharides and polysaccharides. hibernation. Dormancy during winter. Occurs in many mammals, most reptiles and Amphibia, and many vertebrates, of temperate and arctic regions. Metabolism is greatly slowed, and in mammals temperature drops to that of surroundings. Some, e.g. bats, wake to feed from time to time. See also: Diapause, Aestivation.
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