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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [zan-theen]
    • /ˈzæn θin/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [zan-theen]
    • /ˈzæn θin/

Definitions of xanthene word

  • noun xanthene a yellow, crystalline substance, C 13 H 10 O, soluble in ether and slightly soluble in alcohol, used in organic synthesis and as a fungicide. 1
  • noun xanthene A yellowish crystalline compound whose molecule contains two benzene rings joined by a methylene group and an oxygen atom, and whose derivatives include brilliant, often fluorescent dyes such as fluorescein and rhodamines. 1
  • noun xanthene a yellowish crystalline heterocyclic compound used as a fungicide; benzo-1,4-pyran. Its molecular structural unit is found in many dyes, such as rhodamine and fluorescein. Formula: CH2(C6H4)2O 0
  • noun xanthene a ring system, C6H4CH2OC6H4, occurring as yellowish, crystalline leaflets in the molecules of many dyes 0
  • noun xanthene (chemistry) any of a group of tricyclic heterocycles (dibenzopyrans) that are the basis for a range of dyes such as fluorescein and eosin. 0

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Origin of xanthene

First appearance:

before 1905
One of the 15% newest English words
1905-10; earlier xanthen; see xantho-, -ene

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xanthene popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 53% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 73% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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