Revision as of 22:59, 19 August 2009 by Honee_v (Talk | contribs)

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)



(1) An aldopentose (which means a five carbon sugar with an aldehyde functional group in its linear form) with a chemical formula C5H10O5

(2) A sugar monomer in RNA (Ribonucleic acid); also found in other metabolically important compounds, e.g. ribonucleotides, nucleic acids, riboflavin, etc.


Its close relative is deoxyribose, which is a constituent of dna (deoxyribonucleic acid). The difference between them is that ribose has one more oxygen atom in its molecule than deoxyribose.

Word origin: German, alteration of English arabinuse, a kind of sugar

Chemical formula: C5H10O5

Compare: deoxyribose

Related terms:

Retrieved from "http://www.biology-online.org/bodict/index.php?title=Ribose&oldid=96695"
First | Previous (Ribonucleotide) | Next (Ribosomal DNA) | Last
Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page.