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purine

/ˈpjʊəriːn/
noun
1.
a colourless crystalline solid that can be prepared from uric acid. Formula: C5H4N4
2.
Also called purine base. any of a number of nitrogenous bases, such as guanine and adenine, that are derivatives of purine and constituents of nucleic acids and certain coenzymes
Word Origin
C19: from German Purin; see pure, uric,-ine²
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