Xanthine meaning

zănthēn, -thĭn
A white, crystalline, nitrogenous compound, C5H4N4O2, resembling uric acid: it is present in blood, urine, and certain plants.
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A yellowish-white, crystalline purine base, C5 H4 N4 O2 , that is a precursor of uric acid and is found in blood, urine, muscle tissue, and certain plants.
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Any of several derivatives of this compound.
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Any of various derivatives of this compound.
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A yellowish-white, crystalline purine base, C5 H4 N4 O2 , that is a precursor of uric acid and is found in blood, urine, muscle tissue, and certain plants.
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Any of several derivatives of this compound.
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Any of various purines having two oxygen atoms attached to the six-member ring of carbon and nitrogen atoms. Xanthines include caffeine, theophylline (a toxic alkaloid found in tea leaves), and theobromine (a toxic alkaloid found in cocoa).
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The simplest of this class of compounds, forming yellowish-white crystals. It is produced in the body as an intermediate stage in the breakdown of purines to uric acid. It is also found in blood and in certain plants. Chemical formula: C5H4N4O2.
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Any of several derivatives of this compound.
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(chemistry) Any of a group of alkaloids, that include caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine as well as the parent compound, a precursor of uric acid found in many organs of the body.
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Origin of xanthine

  • From French xanthine, ultimately from Ancient Greek ξανθός (xanthós), "yellow", because xanthine is yellowish-white.

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