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allantoin

[uh-lan-toh-in]
noun Biochemistry, Pharmacology.
  1. a white powder, C4H6N4O3, produced by oxidation of uric acid and the major excretory product of purine degradation in many vertebrates: used medicinally to heal skin ulcers and in lotions, lipsticks, etc., for its soothing effect.
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Origin of allantoin

1835–45; allanto(is) + -in2; so named because it is found in the fluid of the allantois
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British Dictionary definitions for allantoin

allantoin

noun
  1. a substance derived from the secretions of snails and contained in some plants, used in skin care products and valued for its soothing properties
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Word Origin for allantoin

C19: from allantois
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allantoin in Medicine

allantoin

(ə-lăntō-ĭn)
n.
  1. A substance present in allantoic fluid, amniotic fluid, and fetal urine.
  2. A crystalline oxidation product of uric acid produced in vertebrate purine metabolism and used medicinally to promote tissue growth.
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