[ zan-thin ]
/ ˈzæn θɪn /


the part of the coloring matter in yellow flowers that is insoluble in water.Compare xanthein.
a yellow coloring matter in madder.

Nearby words

  1. xanthene,
  2. xanthene dye,
  3. xanthian,
  4. xanthic,
  5. xanthic acid,
  6. xanthine,
  7. xanthinuria,
  8. xanthippe,
  9. xanthism,
  10. xantho-

Origin of xanthin

1830–40; < French xanthine or < German Xanthin. See xantho-, -in2

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Examples from the Web for xanthin

  • Xanthin and catechol browns are pleasing in appearance, but their effect is less rich than that obtained with potash.

  • In the roots three coloring matters are obtained: alizarin and purpurin, which are both red, and xanthin, which is yellow.

  • The xanthin group is almost without any excitatory action, and its metabolic end products are constant.

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British Dictionary definitions for xanthin


/ (ˈzænθɪn) /


any of a group of yellow or orange carotene derivatives that occur in the fruit and flowers of certain plants
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