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[mass noun] A compound consisting of adenine combined with ribose, present in all living tissue in combined form as nucleotides.
- ‘For instance, the adenine nucleotide, adenosine, can theoretically be produced entirely abiotically.’
- ‘The nucleotide elements of DNA are adenosine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine, abbreviated A, G, C, and T, respectively.’
- ‘This is the enzyme responsible for converting adenosine to inosine in the catabolism of the purines.’
- ‘The salvage pathways combine adenine with a pentose to alter the adenosine nucleotide pool inventory.’
- ‘Adenosine deaminase is an aminohydrolase that converts adenosine to inosine and is thus involved in the catabolism of purine bases.’
Early 20th century: blend of adenine and ribose.
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