from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The characteristic yellow substance formed by the action of hot nitric acid on proteid matters.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Physiol. Chem.) A yellow acid substance formed by the action of hot nitric acid on albuminous or proteid matter. It is changed to a deep orange-yellow color by the addition of ammonia.
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- noun A
proteinformed when xanthoproteic acidcontacts epithelial cells, indicative of inadequate safety precautions when handling nitric acid.
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xantho- + protein
The nitric acid chemically reacts upon the albumin, forming yellow xanthoprotein.