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British Dictionary definitions for deoxy-



combining form
  1. indicating the presence of less oxygen than in a specified related compounddeoxyribonucleic acid
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Word Origin and History for deoxy-

also desoxy-, prefix used to form chemical names for compounds which contain less oxygen than other compounds, from de- + first two syllables of oxygen

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deoxy- in Medicine


  1. Losing one or more atoms of oxygen:deoxyadenosine.
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