Definition of deoxyribose in English:

deoxyribose

Line breaks: de|oxy|ri¦bose
Pronunciation: /dɪˌɒksɪˈrʌɪbəʊz
 
, -s/

noun

[mass noun] Biochemistry
A sugar derived from ribose by replacement of a hydroxyl group by hydrogen.
More example sentences
  • Sugars are vital components of life, e.g. the 5-carbon sugars ribose and deoxyribose are part of the skeletons of our information storage molecules, RNA and DNA respectively.
  • For example, ribose and deoxyribose are essential for the formation of the backbone of RNA and DNA.
  • Another difference between DNA and RNA is that RNA contains ribose, rather than deoxyribose.

Origin

1930s: from de- (expressing reduction) + oxy-2 + ribose.

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