alloxan

noun
al·​lox·​an | \ ə-ˈläk-sən How to pronounce alloxan (audio) \

Definition of alloxan

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

First Known Use of alloxan

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alloxan

borrowed from German Alloxan, from all- (in Allantoin allantoin) + ox- (in Oxalsäure oxalic acid) + -an -an entry 3

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“Alloxan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alloxan. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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alloxan

noun
al·​lox·​an | \ ə-ˈläk-sən How to pronounce alloxan (audio) \

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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