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noun - a chemical compound
PTERINS - Pterin is a heterocyclic compound composed of a pteridine ring system, with a "keto group" (a lactam) and an amino group on positions 4 and 2 respect...
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|Plural form of pterin.|
|A substituted derivative of pteridine especially any of a class of these compounds which occur naturally as insect pigments.|
Pterin is a heterocyclic compound composed of a pteridine ring system, with a "keto group" (a lactam) and an amino group on positions 4 and 2 respectively. It is structurally related to the parent bicyclic heterocycle called pteridine. Pterins, as a group, are compounds related to pterin with additional substituents. Pterin itself is of no biological significance. |
* Pterins were first discovered in the pigments of butterfly wings (hence the origin of their name, from the Greek pteron (), wing) and perform many roles in coloration in the biological world. *