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purine

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noun pu·rine \ˈpyu̇r-ˌēn\

Definition of purine

  1. 1 :  a crystalline base C5H4N4 that is the parent of compounds of the uric-acid group

  2. 2 :  a derivative of purine; especially :  a base (as adenine or guanine) that is a constituent of DNA or RNA



Origin of purine

German Purin, from Latin purus pure + New Latin uricus uric (from English uric) + German -in 2-ine


First Known Use: 1898


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purine

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noun pu·rine \ˈpyu̇(ə)r-ˌēn\

Medical Definition of purine

  1. 1:  a crystalline base C5H4N4 that is the parent of compounds of the uric-acid group

  2. 2:  a derivative of purine; especially :  a base (as adenine or guanine) that is a constituent of DNA or RNA




Learn More about purine

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "purine" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "purine"


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