In our science class, we're learning about the four fundamental macromolecules in every living organism: carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. Our class definition of a macromolecule essential is:
A macromolecule is a large molecule that is essential to all life, and present in all living cells. It is a polymer- a chain of monomers.
Our definition of a monomer is like so:
A monomer is the simplest building block of a macromolecule with the properties of that macromolecule. They can be strung together to produce a macromolecule (usually by dehydration synthesis).
I would have no problem with these definitions if not for my teacher mentioning once that some monomers can also be macromolecules by themselves. Because some monomers of certain macromolecules- such as the monosaccharide glucose vs. the disaccharide sucrose or the polysaccharide amylose - can act on their own as an essential and functional carbohydrate, they are macromolecules by themselves.
Is this true? For example, could glucose be a macromolecule by itself?