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xanthine (plural xanthines)
- (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.
- There is much confusion between this word and xanthein, and they are often interchanged.
group of alkaloids, including caffeine
From Ancient Greek ξανθός (xanthós), "yellow", because xanthine is yellowish-white.
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