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IUPAC name Pyrimidine
Other names 1,3-Diazine, m-Diazine
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

Pyrimidines include three of the bases in DNA and RNA.

A pyrimidine is an aromatic heterocyclic organic compound, similar to purine. It has nitrogens at positions 1 and 3 in the ring.


The pyrimidine ring system occurs widely in nature.

It is also found in many synthetic compounds such as barbiturates and the HIV drug, zidovudine. Uric acid is a pyrimidine derivative.

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