adenine

noun
ad·​e·​nine | \ ˈa-də-ˌnēn How to pronounce adenine (audio) \

Definition of adenine

: a purine base C5H5N5 that codes hereditary information in the genetic code in DNA and RNA — compare cytosine, guanine, thymine, uracil

Examples of adenine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are four bases in DNA: adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G) and thymine (T). Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 31 May 2022 Trading down is as much a part of GM John Schneider’s DNA as adenine, guanine, cytosine and thymine. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 All genes consists of base pairs made of adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G), and cytosine (C). Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 1 Apr. 2022 Researchers have long been intrigued by the possibility that evolution could have gone in a different direction with DNA’s four bases: adenine (A), thymine (T), cytosine (C) and guanine (G). Quanta Magazine, 12 July 2021 Each gene consists of some number of base pairs made of adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G), and cytosine (C). Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2021 In the case of SARS-CoV-2, which has an RNA genome based on adenine, cytosine, guanine and uracil, sometimes mistakes happen. Quanta Magazine, 25 Feb. 2021 Maybe an adenine gets swapped with a uracil (a substitution mutation that could also occur with any of the base pairs), or perhaps one or more bases get inserted or deleted. Quanta Magazine, 25 Feb. 2021 To do so, researchers typically convert a data file’s string of digital 1s and 0s into combinations of the molecule’s four bases: adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 11 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of adenine

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adenine

borrowed from German Adenin, from Greek aden-, adḗn "gland" + German -in -ine entry 2; so called from its presence in glandular tissue — more at adeno-

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The first known use of adenine was in 1885

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13 Jun 2022

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“Adenine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adenine. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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adenine

noun
ad·​e·​nine | \ ˈad-ᵊn-ˌēn How to pronounce adenine (audio) \

Medical Definition of adenine

: a purine base C5H5N5 that codes hereditary information in the genetic code in DNA and RNA — compare cytosine, guanine, thymine, uracil

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