pyrimidine

noun
py·​rim·​i·​dine | \ pī-ˈri-mə-ˌdēn How to pronounce pyrimidine (audio) , pə- \

Definition of pyrimidine

1 : a feeble organic base C4H4N2 of penetrating odor
2 : a derivative of pyrimidine especially : a base (such as cytosine, thymine, or uracil) that is a constituent of DNA or RNA

First Known Use of pyrimidine

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pyrimidine

International Scientific Vocabulary, alteration of pyridine

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“Pyrimidine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pyrimidine. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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pyrimidine

noun
py·​rim·​i·​dine | \ pī-ˈrim-ə-ˌdēn, pə- How to pronounce pyrimidine (audio) \

Medical Definition of pyrimidine

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 : 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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