pyrimidine

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Etymology[edit]

From German Pyrimidin [1885], from German Pyridin (pyridine), with the insertion of -mi- from amidine.

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  • IPA(key): /paɪˈɹɪ.mɪˌdiːn/, /pɪˈɹɪ.mɪˌdiːn/

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pyrimidine (plural pyrimidines)

  1. (organic chemistry) A diazine in which the two nitrogen atoms are in the meta- positions; it is the basis of three of the bases found in DNA and RNA: thymine, uracil and cytosine

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