A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-n-in, -een, -ahyn]
    • /ˈæd n ɪn, -ˌin, -ˌaɪn/
    • /ˈæ.də.niːn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-n-in, -een, -ahyn]
    • /ˈæd n ɪn, -ˌin, -ˌaɪn/

Definitions of adenine word

  • noun adenine a purine base present in tissues of all living organisms as a constituent of the nucleic acids DNA and RNA and of certain coenzymes; 6-aminopurine. Formula: C5H5N5; melting pt: 360–365°C 3
  • noun adenine a white, crystalline purine base, C5H5N5, contained in the DNA, RNA, and ADP of all tissue: it links with thymine in the DNA structure 3
  • noun adenine Biochemistry. a purine base, C 5 H 5 N 5 , one of the fundamental components of nucleic acids, as DNA, in which it forms a base pair with thymine, and RNA, in which it pairs with uracil. Symbol: A. 1
  • noun adenine A compound that is one of the four constituent bases of nucleic acids. A purine derivative, it is paired with thymine in double-stranded DNA. 1
  • noun adenine chemical compound 1
  • noun adenine (biochemistry, genetics) A base, C5H5N5, found in certain glands and tissues, which pairs with thymine in DNA and uracil in RNA. 0

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Origin of adenine

First appearance:

before 1880
One of the 23% newest English words
1880-85; < German Adenin; see aden-, -ine2

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Parts of speech for Adenine


adenine popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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