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alloxan

[uh-lok-suh n]
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noun Biochemistry.
  1. a white crystalline pyrimidine derivative, C4H2O4N2, used in biomedical research to induce diabetes in laboratory animals.
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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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