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Language: English

X, the twenty-fourth letter of the English alphabet, has three sounds; a compound nonvocal sound (that of ks), as in wax; a compound vocal sound (that of gz), as in example; and, at the beginning of a word, a simple vocal sound (that of z), as in xanthic. See Guide to Pronunciation, // 217, 270, 271.

Language: English

(n.) An amido derivative of xanthic acid obtained as a white crystalline substance, C2H5O.CS.NH2; — called also xanthogen amide.

Language: English

(n.) A salt of xanthic; a xanthogenate.

Language: English

(a.) Of or pertaining to Xanthus, an ancient town on Asia Minor; — applied especially to certain marbles found near that place, and now in the British Museum.

Language: English

(a.) Tending toward a yellow color, or to one of those colors, green being excepted, in which yellow is a constituent, as scarlet, orange, etc.

Language: English

(n.) A compound or derivative of xanthogen.

Language: English

(n.) A genus of minute unicellular algae of the desmids. These algae have a rounded shape and are armed with glochidiate or branched aculei. Several species occur in ditches, and others are found fossil in flint or hornstone.

Language: English

(n.) A crystalline nitrogenous body closely related to both uric acid and hypoxanthin, present in muscle tissue, and occasionally found in the urine and in some urinary calculi. It is also present in guano. So called from the yellow color of certain of its salts (nitrates).

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