- a colourless crystalline solid that can be prepared from uric acid. Formula: C5H4N4
- Also called: purine base any of a number of nitrogenous bases, such as guanine and adenine, that are derivatives of purine and constituents of nucleic acids and certain coenzymes
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pu•rine (pyŏŏr′ēn, -in),USA pronunciation n. [Chem., Biochem.]
- Biochemistry, Chemistrya white, crystalline compound, C5H4N4, from which is derived a group of compounds including uric acid, xanthine, and caffeine.
- Biochemistry, Chemistryone of several purine derivatives, esp. the bases adenine and guanine, which are fundamental constituents of nucleic acids.
- German Purin. See pure, uric, -ine2
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purine /ˈpjʊəriːn/, purin /ˈpjʊərɪn/ n
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