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alloxan

[uh-lok-suh n] /əˈlɒk sən/
noun, Biochemistry.
1.
a white crystalline pyrimidine derivative, C 4 H 2 O 4 N 2 , used in biomedical research to induce diabetes in laboratory animals.
Origin of alloxan
< German, equivalent to All(antoïn) allantoin + Ox(alsäure) oxalic acid + -an -an; coined by J. von Liebig in 1838
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