Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈbās\
plural bas·es \ˈbā-səz\

Medical Definition of BASE

:  that portion of a bodily organ or part by which it is attached to another more central structure of the organism <the base of the thumb>
a :  the usually inactive ingredient of a preparation serving as the vehicle for the active medicinal preparation <the fatty base of an ointment> b :  the chief active ingredient of a preparation—called also basis
a :  any of various typically water-soluble and bitter tasting compounds that in solution have a pH greater than 7, are capable of reacting with an acid to form a salt, and are molecules or ions able to take up a proton from an acid or are substances able to give up an unshared pair of electrons to an acid—compare alkali b :  any of the five purine or pyrimidine bases of DNA and RNA that include cytosine, guanine, adenine, thymine, and uracil
based \ˈbāst\ adjective
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