thymine

noun
thy·​mine | \ ˈthī-ˌmēn How to pronounce thymine (audio) \

Definition of thymine

: a pyrimidine base C5H6N2O2 that is one of the four bases coding genetic information in the polynucleotide chain of DNA — compare adenine, cytosine, guanine, uracil

Examples of thymine 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 All genes consists of base pairs made of adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G), and cytosine (C). Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 1 Apr. 2022 For the more recent experiments, cooler water and more sensitive study methods were used to extract and identify the nucleobases cytosine and thymine, while more sensitive study methods found the molecules, researchers say. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 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 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 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 One by one each of the four bases - adenine, thymine, guanine, cytosine, or A, T, G, C - washes over the plate containing Nicholas' exons. Mark Johnson And Kathleen Gallagher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Dec. 2010 See More

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First Known Use of thymine

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thymine

International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin thymus

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11 Jun 2022

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“Thymine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thymine. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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thymine

noun
thy·​mine | \ ˈthī-ˌmēn How to pronounce thymine (audio) \

Medical Definition of thymine

: a pyrimidine base C5H6N2O2 that is one of the four bases coding genetic information in the polynucleotide chain of DNA — compare adenine, cytosine, guanine, uracil

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