alloxan


al·lox·an

noun \ə-ˈläk-sən\

Definition of ALLOXAN

:  a crystalline compound C4H2N2O4 causing diabetes mellitus when injected into experimental animals

Origin of ALLOXAN

German, from Allantoin + Oxalsäure oxalic acid + -an
First Known Use: 1853

al·lox·an

noun \ə-ˈläk-sən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ALLOXAN

: a crystalline compound C4H2N2O4 causing diabetes mellitus when injected into experimental animals; also : one of its similarly acting derivatives—called also mesoxalylurea

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