Meaning of purine
Pronunciation: (pyoor'ēn, -in), [key]
— n. Chem., Biochem.
- a white, crystalline compound, CHN, from which is derived a group of compounds including uric acid, xanthine, and caffeine.
- one of several purine derivatives, esp. the bases adenine and guanine, which are fundamental constituents of nucleic acids.
- purine (Thesaurus)