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This may sound rather silly

  1. Jun 26, 2005 #1
    Nomeclature of 'abnormal glucose isomer

    Now this isomer may not really exist (it might...not sure),
    but what is 1,2,3,4,5,6-hydroxycyclohexane more properly called?

    *(that's how I named it--an isomer with molecular formula [tex] C_6 H_{12} O_6 [/tex]---with a cyclohexane base, just replace one hydrogen at each carbon with a hydroxyl group. But...I'm pretty sure there is a better, shorter, more knowledgeable name for it :frown: )
     
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  3. Jun 26, 2005 #2
    Well, the full name would be cyclohex-1,2,3,4,5,6-hexaol because you put the hydroxy branch numbers in the centre (remember?) but I think, due to the hexa in the middle, that you could say it is cyclohex-hexaol but this might not be true.
     
  4. Jun 26, 2005 #3

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    The common name is meso-inositol (or simply inositol) and it belongs to a class known as cyclitols.
     
  5. Jun 26, 2005 #4

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    Wouldn't the "meso" part depend on the stereochemistry of the hydroxy groups?
     
  6. Jun 26, 2005 #5

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    Yes it would. I imagined the compound was the meso-compound as this isomer is very important in the pharmaceutical industry. It could as easily have been one of the chiral isomers, I guess.
     
  7. Jun 26, 2005 #6
    Wow--I had no idea :bugeye:
    I just thought this was any random glucose isomer :redface:

    I was searching online--and it appears to a beneficial biological compound;

    *Also, what is the proper name for this compound, "hexahydroxycyclohexene," "cyclohex-1,2,3,4,5,6-enol"---basically a cyclohexene, with one hydroxyl group on each carbon? (what is the correct name?)
    *And what is the proper name for this compound, "dodecahydroxycyclohexane"---basically a cyclohexane, with EverY hydrogen replaced with a hydroxyl group? (12 hydroxyl groups, two per carbon) (what is the correct/proper name?) and, would this compound be very Very unstable?

    ---or, can any direct me to a webpage on the nomenclature of cyclitols?
     
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