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pyrimidine

[pahy-rim-i-deen, pi-, pir-uh-mi-deen, -din]
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noun Biochemistry.
  1. a heterocyclic compound, C4H4N2, that is the basis of several important biochemical substances.
  2. one of several pyrimidine derivatives, especially the bases cytosine, thymine, and uracil, which are fundamental constituents of nucleic acids.

Origin of pyrimidine

1880–85; blend of pyridine and imide
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British Dictionary definitions for pyrimidine

pyrimidine

noun
  1. a liquid or crystalline organic compound with a penetrating odour; 1,3-diazine. It is a weakly basic soluble heterocyclic compound and can be prepared from barbituric acid. Formula: C 4 H 4 N 2
  2. Also called: pyrimidine base any of a number of similar compounds having a basic structure that is derived from pyrimidine, including cytosine, thymine, and uracil, which are constituents of nucleic acids

Word Origin

C20: variant of pyridine
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pyrimidine in Medicine

pyrimidine

(pī-rĭmĭ-dēn′, pĭ-)
n.
  1. A crystalline organic base that is the parent substance of various biologically important derivatives.
  2. Any of several basic compounds derived from or structurally related to pyrimidine, especially the nucleic acid constituents uracil, cytosine, and thymine.
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pyrimidine in Science

pyrimidine

[pī-rĭmĭ-dēn′]
  1. Any of a group of organic compounds having a single six-member ring in which the first and third atoms are nitrogen and the rest are carbon. Pyrimidines include the bases cytosine, thymine, and uracil, which are components of DNA and RNA. Pyrimidine rings are also components of several larger compounds, such as thiamine and some synthetic barbiturates.
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