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[dee-ok-si-rahy-bohs] /diˌɒk sɪˈraɪ boʊs/
noun, Biochemistry.
any of certain carbohydrates derived from ribose by the replacement of a hydroxyl group with a hydrogen atom.
the sugar, HOCH 2 (CHOH) 2 CH 2 CHO, obtained from DNA by hydrolysis.
Origin of deoxyribose
1930-35; deoxy- + ribose Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for deoxyribose


/diːˌɒksɪˈraɪbəʊs; -bəʊz/
a pentose sugar obtained by the hydrolysis of DNA. Formula: C5H10O4
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Word Origin and History for deoxyribose

1931, from deoxy- (because the 2' hydroxyl (-OH) in the sugar is in this case reduced to a hydrogen (H) by loss of an oxygen) + ribose.

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deoxyribose in Medicine

deoxyribose de·ox·y·ri·bose (dē-ŏk'sē-rī'bōs')
A sugar that is a constituent of DNA.

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deoxyribose in Science
The sugar found in the side chains of DNA, differing from ribose in having a hydrogen atom instead of an OH group on one of its carbon atoms. Chemical formula: C5H10O4.
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