Definitions for purineˈpyʊər in, -ɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pu•rineˈpyʊər in, -ɪn(n.)

  1. a white, crystalline compound, C5H4N4, from which is derived a group of compounds including uric acid, xanthine, and caffeine.

    Category: Biochemistry, Chemistry

  2. one of several purine derivatives, esp. the bases adenine and guanine, which are fundamental constituents of nucleic acids.

    Category: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Origin of purine:

1895–1900; < G Purin. See pure , uric , -ine2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. purine(noun)

    any of several bases that are derivatives of purine

  2. purine(noun)

    a colorless crystalline organic base containing nitrogen; the parent compound of various biologically important substances

Wiktionary

  1. purine(Noun)

    Any of a class of organic heterocyclic base containing fused pyrimidine and imidazole rings; they are components of nucleic acids

Freebase

  1. Purine

    A purine is a heterocyclic aromatic organic compound. It consists of a pyrimidine ring fused to an imidazole ring. Purines, including substituted purines and their tautomers, are the most widely occurring nitrogen-containing heterocycle in nature. Purines and pyrimidines make up the two groups of nitrogenous bases, including the two groups of nucleotide bases. Two of the four deoxyribonucleotides and two of the four ribonucleotides, the respective building-blocks of DNA and RNA, are purines.

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