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dehydration synthesis

Postby hedik » Mon Jan 16, 2006 7:52 pm

Hello everyone. I just discovered this wonderfull forum, I am a bit new to the whole microbiology thing and ot the computer world so please bear with me :wink:

I am having a hard time understanding the concept of dehydration synthesis. I know that it is in Disaccharides and in Polysysacchardes but what I don't understand is how the that works into the whole process.

Thanks for any help.
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Postby Halo17086 » Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:37 pm

ok. Dehydration Synthesis is losing a molecule of water to join together. If you were to look at the structures of two glucose molecules, you'd see that there are no open joining areas. Therefore, one molecule would release two hydrogen and the other molecule would release one oxygen. That's H2O. This would open a jointing space and cause the two molecules to join together. This is called dehydration synthesis. If you break down the word you'll get it. Dehydration, you lose water and synthesis is to join together. So your losing water to join together. If enough molecules do this, polymers are formed. I hope I helped. :D
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Postby ZakaSPFC » Tue Jan 17, 2006 2:02 am

Halo17086 wrote:ok. Dehydration Synthesis is losing a molecule of water to join together. If you were to look at the structures of two glucose molecules, you'd see that there are no open joining areas. Therefore, one molecule would release two hydrogen and the other molecule would release one oxygen. That's H2O. This would open a jointing space and cause the two molecules to join together. This is called dehydration synthesis. If you break down the word you'll get it. Dehydration, you lose water and synthesis is to join together. So your losing water to join together. If enough molecules do this, polymers are formed. I hope I helped. :D


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