purine

Definitions of purine
  1. noun
    a colorless crystalline organic base containing nitrogen; the parent compound of various biologically important substances
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    type of:
    alkali, base
    any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water
  2. noun
    any of several bases that are derivatives of purine
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    types:
    A, adenine
    (biochemistry) purine base found in DNA and RNA; pairs with thymine in DNA and with uracil in RNA
    G, guanine
    a purine base found in DNA and RNA; pairs with cytosine
    type of:
    alkali, base
    any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water
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