Meaning of xanthene in English:


Pronunciation /?zanθi?n/


mass nounChemistry
  • 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.

    Chemical formula: C??H??O

    • ‘Some other dye systems are based on the chromophores triphenylmethane, xanthene, anthroquinone, indigo, and phthalocyanine.’


Late 19th century from Greek xanthos ‘yellow’ + -ene.