xanthene

noun
xan·​thene | \ ˈzan-ˌthēn How to pronounce xanthene (audio) \

Definition of xanthene

1 : a white crystalline heterocyclic compound C13H10O also : an isomer of this that is the parent of the colored forms of the xanthene dyes
2 : any of various derivatives of xanthene

First Known Use of xanthene

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for xanthene

probably borrowed from German Xanthen, from Greek xanthós "yellow" + -en -ene — more at xantho-

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“Xanthene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xanthene. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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xanthene

noun
xan·​thene | \ ˈzan-ˌthēn How to pronounce xanthene (audio) \

Medical Definition of xanthene

1 : a white crystalline heterocyclic compound C13H10O also : an isomer of this that is the parent of the colored forms of the xanthene dyes
2 : any of various derivatives of xanthene

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