alloxan

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noun al·lox·an \ə-ˈläk-sən\

Definition of alloxan

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

Origin and Etymology of alloxan

German, from Allantoin + Oxalsäure oxalic acid + -an


First Known Use: 1853


Medical Dictionary

alloxan

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noun al·lox·an \ə-ˈläk-sən\

Medical Definition of alloxan

  1. :  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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