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deoxy

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adjective de·oxy \(ˌ)dē-ˈäk-sē\

Definition of deoxy

  1. :  containing less oxygen in the molecule than the compound from which it is derived <deoxy sugars> —usually used in combination <deoxyribonucleic acid>



Variants of deoxy

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desoxy

play \(ˌ)de-ˈzäk-sē, -ˈsäk-\

Origin and Etymology of deoxy

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1931


Medical Dictionary

deoxy

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adjective de·oxy \(ˌ)dē-ˈäk-sē\

Medical Definition of deoxy

  1. :  containing less oxygen per molecule than the compound from which it is derived <deoxy sugars>—usually used in combination <deoxyribonucleic acid> <desoxycorticosterone>



Variants of deoxy

also

desoxy

\(ˌ)des-\play

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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of deoxy


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