a white, crystalline, pyrimidine base, CHNO, contained in the nucleic acids of all tissue: it links with adenine in the DNA structure
Origin of thymineGerman thymin ; from Classical Greek thymos, spirit (; from Indo-European an unverified form dhūmo- ; from base an unverified form dheu-, to blow from source dull, fume) + German -in, -ine
A pyrimidine base, C5H6N2O2, that is an essential constituent of DNA.
Origin of thyminethym(ic acid), acid obtained from the thymus + –ine2.
From thymic + -ine.