xanthine

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noun xan·thine \ˈzan-ˌthēn\

Definition of xanthine

  1. :  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)

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xanthine

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noun xan·thine \ˈzan-ˌthēn\

Medical Definition of xanthine

  1. :  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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