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ISBN: 9781305081079
Textbook Problem

Which of the following is the most abundant type of bioorganic substance, by mass, the human body?

  1. a. proteins
  2. b. carbohydrates
  3. c. nucleic acids
  4. d. no correct response

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: The most abundant type of bioorganic substance, by mass, found in the human body has to be predicted.

Concept introduction: Those substances that do not contain carbon are known as bioinorganic substances and those substances that contain carbon are called bioorganic substances.  In terms of mass composition for human body, bioinorganic substances are much more abundant than bioorganic substances.

Explanation

Reason for correct option:

The chemical substance which is present within a living organism is known as a biochemical substance.  There are two types of biochemical substances: Bioinorganic substances and bioorganic substances.  The approximate mass percent of bioorganic substances is 15% proteins, 8% lipids, 2% carbohydrates and 2% nucleic acids.  Therefore, the most abundant type of bioorganic substance, by mass, found in the human body is proteins

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