Why is the dehydration synthesis also called a condensation reaction?

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Doesn't condensation imply a change from a gas to a liquid?

Were the nucleotides gases when the phosphodiester bond formed?
Were the amino acids gases when the peptide bond formed?
 

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Borek
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It is just the same name used for two different processes. In latin condensatio means to thicken, it happens that it fits both cases.

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The formation of the peptide bond is called a condensation reaction since one H2O is produced when two amino acids bond.
The NH3 amine group donates one H and the COOH acid group donates an
OH . The peptide bond then is between N-C
 

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