Definition of pterin in English:

pterin

(also pterine)

noun

Chemistry
  • A substituted derivative of pteridine; especially any of a class of these compounds which occur naturally as insect pigments.

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in Chemical Abstracts. From German Pterin from ancient Greek πτερόν wing, feather + German -in, so called because it is found in insect wings.

Pronunciation

pterin

/ˈtɛrɪn/