xanthine

noun
xan·​thine | \ ˈzan-ˌthēn How to pronounce xanthine (audio) \

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 (such as methylxanthine)

First Known Use of xanthine

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Xanthine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xanthine. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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xanthine

noun
xan·​thine | \ ˈzan-ˌthēn How to pronounce xanthine (audio) \

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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