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Why are dehydration synthesis reactions important to life?

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10/10/2007
Dehydration synthesis reactions are used by cells to create complex polymers by attaching smaller monomers together. The reactions "extract" a water molecule as they create a bonding site for the monomers to form a covalent bond. For example, plants will combine GLUCOSE [C6H12O6] + FRUCTOSE [C6H12O6] to form SUCROSE [C12H22O11] + water [H2O].