Definition of


  1. (noun, substance) a pentose sugar important as a component of ribonucleic acid

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Alternate forms of Ribose

Hypernyms: carbohydrate, saccharide, sugar

Origin of the word Ribose

  1. 1892, from Ger. Ribose (1891), shortened and arbitrarily rearranged from Eng. arabinose (c.1880), a sugar which is so called because it is formed from gum arabic. more

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