- A series of heterocyclic compounds that are variously substituted in nature and are known also as purine bases. They include adenine and guanine, constituents of nucleic acids, as well as many alkaloids such as caffeine and theophylline. Uric acid is the metabolic end product of purine metabolism.
Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language System at the National Library of Medicine
- A nitrogen-containing, double-ring, basic compound that occurs in nucleic acids. The purines in DNA and RNA are adenine and guanine.
Definition from: Human Genome Project Information
at the U.S. Department of Energy
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.