[ ep-uh-mer ]

  1. either of a pair of isomeric aldose compounds, especially of certain sugars, that differ from each other in the positions of the H and OH at the second atom from the end of the carbon chain, as d-glucose and d-mannose.

Origin of epimer

First recorded in 1910–15; epi- + -mer
  • Also e·pim·er·ide [uh-pim-uh-rahyd]. /əˈpɪm əˌraɪd/.

Other words from epimer

  • ep·i·mer·ic [ep-uh-mer-ik], /ˌɛp əˈmɛr ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby epimer

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