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[zan-theen] /ˈzæn θin/
noun, Chemistry.
a yellow, crystalline substance, C 13 H 10 O, soluble in ether and slightly soluble in alcohol, used in organic synthesis and as a fungicide.
Origin of xanthene
1905-10; earlier xanthen; see xantho-, -ene Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for xanthene


a yellowish crystalline heterocyclic compound used as a fungicide; benzo-1,4-pyran. Its molecular structural unit is found in many dyes, such as rhodamine and fluorescein. Formula: CH2(C6H4)2O
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xanthene in Medicine

xanthene xan·thene (zān'thēn')
A yellow crystalline organic compound that is soluble in ether and is used as a fungicide and in organic synthesis.

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