Xanthene meaning

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A yellow crystalline organic compound, C13 H10 O, that is soluble in ether and is used as a fungicide and in organic synthesis. The structural unit of xanthene is a feature in several fluorescent dyes.
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A ring system, C6H4CH2OC6H4, occurring as yellowish, crystalline leaflets in the molecules of many dyes.
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(chemistry) Any of a group of tricyclic heterocycles (dibenzopyrans) that are the basis for a range of dyes such as fluorescein and eosin.
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