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adenine

Pronunciation: ad′ĕ-nēn

Definition: One of the two major purines (the other is guanine) found in both RNA and DNA, and also in various free nucleotides of importance to the body ( AMP (adenylic acid), ATP, NAD+, NADP+, and FAD); in all these smaller compounds, adenine is condensed with ribose at nitrogen-9, forming adenosine. For structure, see adenylic acid.

Synonym(s): 6-aminopurine

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