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ribose

[ rahy-bohs ]
/ ˈraɪ boʊs /
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noun Biochemistry.
a white, crystalline, water-soluble, slightly sweet solid, C5H10O5, a pentose sugar obtained by the hydrolysis of RNA.

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Origin of ribose

1890–95; <German Ribose, earlier Ribonsäure, equivalent to Ribon (from Arabinosearabinose, by arbitrary rearrangement and shortening) + Säure acid
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British Dictionary definitions for ribose

ribose
/ (ˈraɪbəʊz, -bəʊs) /

noun
biochem a pentose sugar that is an isomeric form of arabinose and that occurs in RNA and riboflavin. Formula: CH 2 OH(CHOH) 3 CHO

Word Origin for ribose

C20: changed from arabinose
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Scientific definitions for ribose

ribose
[ rībōs′ ]

A pentose sugar with a furanose structure that occurs as a component of riboflavin and RNA. Chemical formula: C5H10O5.
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