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purine

noun pu·rine \ˈpyr-ˌēn\

Definition of PURINE

1
:  a crystalline base C5H4N4 that is the parent of compounds of the uric-acid group
2
:  a derivative of purine; especially :  a base (as adenine or guanine) that is a constituent of DNA or RNA
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Origin of PURINE

German Purin, from Latin purus pure + New Latin uricus uric (from English uric) + German -in 2-ine
First Known Use: 1898
Medical Dictionary

purine

noun pu·rine \ˈpy(ə)r-ˌēn\

Medical Definition of PURINE

1
:  a crystalline base C5H4N4 that is the parent of compounds of the uric-acid group
2
:  a derivative of purine; especially :  a base (as adenine or guanine) that is a constituent of DNA or RNA

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