deoxy sugar

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deoxy sugar

[dē¦äk·sē ′shu̇g·ər]
(biochemistry)
A substance which has the characteristics of a sugar, but which shows a deviation from the required hydrogen-to-oxygen ratio.
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The term macrolide was originally applied to specific compounds produced by various Streptomyces species containing, as part of their structure, a macrocyclic lactone to which various deoxy sugars are attached.
In addition, Murayama (1984) attributed increasing ratios of deoxy hexoses to pentoses [(fucose + rhamnose)/(arabinose + xylose)] to microbial production of deoxy sugars.