# This may sound rather silly

1. Jun 26, 2005

### bomba923

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 $$C_6 H_{12} O_6$$---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 )

Last edited: Jun 26, 2005
2. Jun 26, 2005

### The Bob

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.

3. Jun 26, 2005

### Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
The common name is meso-inositol (or simply inositol) and it belongs to a class known as cyclitols.

4. Jun 26, 2005

### movies

Wouldn't the "meso" part depend on the stereochemistry of the hydroxy groups?

5. Jun 26, 2005

### Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
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.

6. Jun 26, 2005