adenine ad·e·nine (ād'n-ēn', -ĭn)
A purine base that is a constituent of DNA and RNA and an important energy transport and storage component in cellular metabolism.
|adenine (ād'n-ēn') Pronunciation Key
A purine base that is a component of DNA and RNA, forming a base pair with thymine in DNA and with uracil in RNA. Adenine is also part of other biologically important compounds, such as ATP, NAD, and vitamin B-12, and occurs in tea. Chemical formula: C5H5N5.