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thymine

[ thahy-meen, -min ]
/ ˈθaɪ min, -mɪn /
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noun Biochemistry.
a pyrimidine base, C5H6N2O2, that is one of the principal components of DNA, in which it is paired with adenine. Symbol: T

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Origin of thymine

First recorded in 1890–95; thym(ic)2 + -ine2
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How to use thymine in a sentence

  • Of the four basic components on the right, thymine occurs in the nucleic acid from the thymus gland.

    History of Phosphorus|Eduard Farber
  • The difference between these two bases is one methyl group: thymine is a 5-methyluracil.

    History of Phosphorus|Eduard Farber

British Dictionary definitions for thymine

thymine
/ (ˈθaɪmiːn) /

noun
a white crystalline pyrimidine base found in DNA. Formula: C 5 H 6 N 2 O 2

Word Origin for thymine

C19: from thymic (see thymus) + -ine ²
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Scientific definitions for thymine

thymine
[ thīmēn′ ]

A pyrimidine base that is a component of DNA. It forms a base pair with adenine. Chemical formula: C5H6N2O2.
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