|From:||Muke Tever <alrivera@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, April 22, 2001, 12:39|
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andreas Johansson" <and_yo@...>
> Well, 'deoxiribos' is a kind of sugar. Together with nucleinic acids it
> forms DNA.[snip]
> FWIW, the prefix 'deoxi-' means something like "without oxygen" - if youadd
> an atom of oxygen to deoxiribos you get another kind of sugar called
> 'ribos'. What 'ribos' itself means, I haven't found out, but the ending
> '-os' indicates that we're dealing with a kind of sugar.
BTW, it's easier to recognize as 'deoxyribose'.
My dictionary says "ribose" is "from German Ribon(säure), a tetrahydroxyl
acid from which ribose is obtained : Ribon-, arbitrary alteration of English
arabinose, ribose : (gum) arab(ic) + -in + -ose + Säure, acid." That's
quite a big etymology for such a short word.