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1. A single-ringed, crystalline organic base, C4H4N2, that is the parent compound of a large group of biologically important compounds.
2. Any of a group of substituted derivatives of pyrimidine, including the nitrogen bases uracil, cytosine, and thymine, which are components of nucleic acids. Barbiturates and certain other drugs are also pyrimidines.
[Alteration of pyridine.]
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1. (Elements & Compounds) a liquid or crystalline organic compound with a penetrating odour; 1,3-diazine. It is a weakly basic soluble heterocyclic compound and can be prepared from barbituric acid. Formula: C4H4N2
2. (Elements & Compounds) Also called: pyrimidine base any of a number of similar compounds having a basic structure that is derived from pyrimidine, including cytosine, thymine, and uracil, which are constituents of nucleic acids
[C20: variant of pyridine]
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py•rim•i•dine(paɪˈrɪm ɪˌdin, pɪ-)
1. a heterocyclic compound, C4H4N2, that is the basis of several important biochemical substances.
2. one of several pyrimidine derivatives, esp. the bases cytosine, thymine, and uracil, which are fundamental constituents of nucleic acids.
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Any of a group of organic compounds having a single ring with alternating carbon and nitrogen atoms. Pyrimidines include the bases cytosine, thymine, and uracil, which are components of nucleic acids.
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|Noun||1.||pyrimidine - any of several basic compounds derived from pyrimidine|
alkali, base - any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water; "bases include oxides and hydroxides of metals and ammonia"
|2.||pyrimidine - a heterocyclic organic compound with a penetrating odor|
organic compound - any compound of carbon and another element or a radical
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