purine

Definitions

General Science

  • noun a chemical belonging to a group derived from uric acid that includes the bases adenine and guanine found in DNA and RNA

Food

  • noun a chemical compound which is metabolised into uric acid, excessive quantities of which can cause gout

Medical

  • noun a nitrogen-containing substance derived from uric acid which is the parent compound of several biologically important substances
  • noun a derivative of purine, especially either of the bases adenine and guanine, which are found in RNA and DNA
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