xanthoproteic reaction

noun xan·tho·proteic reaction \¦zan(t)thə+...-\
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xanthoproteic test


Definition of xanthoproteic reaction

  1. :  the reaction of warm concentrated nitric acid with tyrosine or tyrosine-containing proteins (as in human skin) to form a yellow color that is intensified to orange-yellow by the addition of alkali

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Origin and Etymology of xanthoproteic reaction

International Scientific Vocabulary xanth- + proteic

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