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The term carbohydrate was originally used to describe compounds that were literally “hydrates of carbon” because they had the empirical formula Cn(H2O)n. Carbohydrates are the most abundant class of organic compounds found in living organisms. They originate as products of photosynthesis, an endothermic reductive condensation of carbon dioxide requiring light energy and the pigment chlorophyll.

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