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Thymine skeletal.svg
IUPAC name 5-Methylpyrimidine-2,4(1H,3H)-dione
CAS number 65-71-4
MeSH Thymine
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

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Thymine, or 5-methyluracil, is a pyrimidine base found in the nucleic acid DNA.

In RNA thymine is swapped for uracil to represent the same genetic information. In DNA, thymine (T) connects to adenine (A) by two hydrogen bonds. These pair bonds hold the two strands of the DNA double helix structure together.

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