Origin of xanthin

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for xanthin


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