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(Science: chemistry) An oily, volatile hydrocarbon, obtained by the distillation of caoutchouc or guttaipercha.

Origin: Etymol. Uncertain.

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Re: What is a monomer?

... it would be hard to identify the “monomer” in those cases. But things like the steroids or carotenes are built up from a five-carbon unit called isoprene, and, if you mentally break up the structure, you can usually recognize the five-carbon repeating units.

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by blcr11
Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:06 pm
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: What is a monomer?
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The three domains of life

... from bacteria: the glycerol in their lipids is a mirror image of the kind in bacteria, is linked by ether bonds (ester in bacteria) to branched isoprene chains (unbranched fatty acids in bacteria). Archaea are even more similar to eukaryotes than to bacteria in some respects, such as the details ...

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by Wood Thrush
Tue Jun 21, 2005 3:41 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: monera kingdom
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