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xanthine

xanthine

noun xan·thine \ˈzan-ˌthēn\

Definition of XANTHINE

:  a feebly basic compound C5H4N4O2 that occurs especially in animal or plant tissue, is derived from guanine and hypoxanthine, and yields uric acid on oxidation; also :  any of various derivatives of xanthine (as methylxanthine)

Origin of XANTHINE

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1857

xanthine

noun xan·thine \ˈzan-ˌthēn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of XANTHINE

:  a feebly basic compound C5H4N4O2 that occurs especially in animal or plant tissue, is derived from guanine and hypoxanthine, and yields uric acid on oxidation; also :  any of various derivatives of this

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