Definition of alloxan in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈläksən/


An acidic compound obtained by the oxidation of uric acid and isolated as an efflorescent crystalline hydrate.
  • Chemical formula: C4H2N2O4.
Example sentences
  • To investigate the molecular mechanism underlying the effects of oxidative stress on plant growth reorientation, the effects of alloxan on isolated leaf protoplasts were studied.
  • In a study of rats given alloxan to induce diabetes, both water and alcohol extracts of fenugreek had some hypoglycemic activity.
  • His less successful projects included an attempt to discover a tooth-dye so fashionable ladies could match their smiles to their other accessories and a scheme for synthesizing alloxan - essential to lipstick - from python-droppings.


Mid 19th century: from all(antoin) + ox(alic) + -an.

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Syllabification: al·lox·an

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