uridine

noun
uri·​dine | \ ˈyu̇r-ə-ˌdēn How to pronounce uridine (audio) \

Definition of uridine

: a ribonucleoside C9H12N2O6 containing uracil that in the form of phosphate derivatives plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism

Examples of uridine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The genetic code is modified to have artificial components—such as pseudouridine instead of RNA’s usual uridine—so that the immune system doesn’t automatically recognize the vaccine as foreign genetic material and try to destroy it. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "The Ars COVID-19 vaccine primer: 100-plus in the works, 8 in clinical trials," 1 May 2020 Researchers see promise in a natural process called pseudouridylation, in which a set of protein and RNA enzymes chemically modify the structure of uridines in mRNA. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, "Step Aside, CRISPR: RNA Editing Is Taking Off," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of uridine

1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for uridine

International Scientific Vocabulary ur- entry 1 + -idine

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The first known use of uridine was in 1911

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“Uridine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uridine. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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uridine

noun
uri·​dine | \ ˈyu̇r-ə-ˌdēn How to pronounce uridine (audio) \

Medical Definition of uridine

: a ribonucleoside C9H12N2O6 containing uracil in the form of phosphate derivatives that plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism

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