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Any molecule containing the linkage where R and R′ are carbon-containing groups, O is oxygen, and P is phosphorus. This type of covalent chemical bond involves the 5′ carbon of one pentose sugar (ribose or deoxyribose) and the 3′ carbon of an adjacent pentose sugar in RNA or DNA chains. See deoxyribonucleic acid.

Subjects: Chemistry — Genetics and Genomics.

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