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pyrimidine

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noun py·rim·i·dine \pī-ˈri-mə-ˌdēn, pə-\

Definition of pyrimidine

  1. 1 :  a feeble organic base C4H4N2 of penetrating odor

  2. 2 :  a derivative of pyrimidine; especially :  a base (as cytosine, thymine, or uracil) that is a constituent of DNA or RNA



Origin and Etymology of pyrimidine

International Scientific Vocabulary, alteration of pyridine


First Known Use: 1885


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pyrimidine

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noun py·rim·i·dine \pī-ˈrim-ə-ˌdēn, pə-\

Medical Definition of pyrimidine

  1. 1:  a weakly basic organic compound C4H2N2 of penetrating odor that is composed of a single six-membered ring having four carbon atoms with nitrogen atoms in positions one and three

  2. 2:  a derivative of pyrimidine having its characteristic ring structure; especially :  a base (as cytosine, thymine, or uracil) that is a constituent of DNA or RNA




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