Carbohydrates

ID #1013

Even though I know how to recognize the difference between alpha and beta glycosidic linkages (by H above or below the first carbon), I was wondering about the real reason why they're called Alpha and beta hydrogen. Can anyone tell me the real chemical reason or perhaps give me possible links that explain that matter?


Sometimes, a name is just a name. Scientists needed a way to differentiate one configuration from the other, so they were arbitrarily called alpha and beta.

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