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des-

Pronunciation: des

Definition: chemistry a prefix indicating absence of some component of the principal part of the name; largely replaced by “de-” (deoxyribonucleic acid, dehydro-) but retained where “de-” could be taken for d- or d-, as part of “desmo-” (desmosterol), and in such terms as desoxycortone.

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