Why are dehydration synthesis reactions important?

1 Answer

Dehydration synthesis is important because it is the process by which many organic polymers are made.


When glucose molecules join together to form amylose (starch) one glucose loses a H and the other glucose loses an OH. The H and OH get together to form water. So when two glucose molecules get together to form a disaccharide, a water molecule is formed and kicked out.


This is why the process is called

Dehydration = lose water
Synthesis = form something new

This process also occurs as amino acids join together to form polypeptides (proteins).


Noel P.