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Medical Term:

phosphopentose epimerase

Pronunciation: fos'fo-pen'tos e-pim'er-as'

Definition: An enzyme that catalyzes the reversible epimerization of a number of phosphorylated, five-carbon sugars; most notably ribulose 5-phosphate to xylulose 5-phosphate in the pentose phosphate pathway.

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