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adenine A nucleotide, one of the purine bases of the nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). The compound formed between adenine and ribose is the nucleoside adenosine, and can form four phosphorylated derivatives important in metabolism: adenosine monophosphate (AMP, also known as adenylic acid); adenosine diphosphate (ADP); adenosine triphosphate (ATP); and cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). See also ATP; energy metabolism.

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adenine A purine base found in nucleic acids. See also cytosine, guanine, and thymine.

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adenine A purine derivative. It is one of the major component bases of nucleotides and the nucleic acids DNA and RNA.

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ad·e·nine / ˈadnˌēn; -ˌīn/ • n. Biochem. a compound, C5H5N5, that is one of the four constituent bases of nucleic acids. A purine derivative, it is paired with thymine in double-stranded DNA.

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adenine A purine base which occurs in both DNA and RNA.

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adenine A purine base which occurs in both DNA and RNA.

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adenine (ad-ĕ-neen) n. one of the nitrogen-containing bases (see purine) that occurs in the nucleic acids DNA and RNA. See also ATP.