EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Biochemistry, Chemistry a crystalline, nitrogenous compound, C 5H 4N 4O 2, related to uric acid, occurring in urine, blood, and certain animal and vegetable tissues. any derivative of this compound. Origin of xanthine
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xanthine [zăn ′thēn′, -thĭn] n. A yellowish-white crystalline purine base that is a precursor of uric acid and is found in blood, urine, and muscle tissue. Any of several derivatives of this compound.
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Any of various purines having two oxygen atoms attached to the six-member ring of carbon and nitrogen atoms. Xanthines include caffeine, theophylline (a toxic alkaloid found in tea leaves), and theobromine (a toxic alkaloid found in cocoa). The simplest of this class of compounds, forming yellowish-white crystals. It is produced in the body as an intermediate stage in the breakdown of purines to uric acid. It is also found in blood and in certain plants. Chemical formula: C 5H 4N 4O 2. Any of several derivatives of this compound.
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