xanthine

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

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xanthine (plural xanthines)

  1. (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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  • There is much confusion between this word and xanthein, and they are often interchanged.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek ξανθός (ksanthós, yellow), becayse xanthine is yellowish-white.

Noun[edit]

xanthine f (plural xanthines)

  1. xanthine

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