deoxyribose

noun
de·​oxy·​ri·​bose | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌäk-si-ˈrī-ˌbōs How to pronounce deoxyribose (audio) , -ˌbōz \

Definition of deoxyribose

: a pentose sugar C5H10O4 that is a structural element of DNA

Examples of deoxyribose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And their discovery of much more ribose than of any deoxyribose (the D in DNA) points to the theory that RNA is in fact the ancestor of DNA. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Did Hitchhiking Sugars on Asteroids Help Jumpstart Life on Earth?," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of deoxyribose

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Deoxyribose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deoxyribose. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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deoxyribose

noun
de·​oxy·​ri·​bose | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌäk-si-ˈrī-ˌbōs, -ˌbōz How to pronounce deoxyribose (audio) \
variants: also desoxyribose \ ˌdes-​ How to pronounce desoxyribose (audio) \

Medical Definition of deoxyribose

: a pentose sugar C5H10O4 that is a structural element of DNA

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