adenine arabinoside

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a purine base present in nucleoproteins of cells of plants and animals; adenine and guanine are essential components of nucleic acids. The end product of the metabolism of adenine in humans is uric acid. A preparation of adenine is used to improve the preservation of whole blood. Symbol A.
adenine arabinoside (ara-A) vidarabine.
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ad·e·nine ar·a·bi·no·side

misnomer for arabinosyladenine.
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adenine arabinoside

ARA-A or vidarabine. An antiviral drug active against several DNA viruses.
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