hypoxanthine

noun
hy·​po·​xan·​thine | \ ˌhī-pō-ˈzan-ˌthēn How to pronounce hypoxanthine (audio) \

Definition of hypoxanthine

: a purine base C5H4N4O found in plant and animal tissues that yields xanthine on oxidation

First Known Use of hypoxanthine

circa 1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypoxanthine

borrowed from German Hypoxanthin, from hypo- hypo- + Xanthicoxyd, an earlier name for xanthine (borrowed from English xanthic oxide) + -in -in entry 1 — more at xanthine

Note: The name was introduced by the German physician and chemist Johann Joseph Scherer (1814-69) in "Ueber einen im thierischen Organismus vorkommenden, dem Xanthicoxyd verwandten Körper," Annalen der Chemie und Pharmacie, Band 73 (1850), p. 333.

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“Hypoxanthine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypoxanthine. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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hypoxanthine

noun
hy·​po·​xan·​thine | \ ˌhī-pō-ˈzan-ˌthēn How to pronounce hypoxanthine (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypoxanthine

: a purine base C5H4N4O found in plant and animal tissues that yields xanthine on oxidation and is an intermediate in uric acid synthesis

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