epimer

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noun epi·mer \ˈe-pi-mər\

Definition of epimer

  1. :  either of two stereoisomers that differ in the arrangement of groups on a single asymmetric carbon atom (such as the first chiral center of a sugar's carbon chain)

epimeric

play \ˌe-pi-ˈmer-ik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of epimer

epi- + isomer


First Known Use: circa 1911


Medical Dictionary

epimer

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noun epi·mer \ˈep-i-mər\

Medical Definition of epimer

  1. :  either of the stereoisomers of a sugar or sugar derivative that differ in the arrangement of the hydrogen atom and the hydroxyl group on the first asymmetric carbon atom of a chain

epimeric

\ˌep-i-ˈmer-ik\play adjective

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