dextrin

[dek-strin]
noun Biochemistry, Chemistry.
a soluble, gummy substance, formed from starch by the action of heat, acids, or ferments, occurring in various forms and having dextrorotatory properties: used chiefly as a thickening agent in printing inks and food, as a mucilage, and as a substitute for gum arabic and other natural substances.
Also, dextrine [dek-strin, -streen] .
Also called British gum.


Origin:
1825–35; < French dextrine. See dextr-, -in2

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dextrin or dextrine (ˈdɛkstrɪn, -triːn)
 
n
any of a group of sticky substances that are intermediate products in the conversion of starch to maltose: used as thickening agents in foods and as gums
 
[C19: from French dextrine; see dextro-, -in]
 
dextrine or dextrine
 
n
 
[C19: from French dextrine; see dextro-, -in]

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dextrin dex·trin (děk'strĭn) or dex·trine (děk'strĭn, -strēn')
n.
Any of various soluble polysaccharides obtained from starch by the application of heat or acids and used mainly as adhesives and thickening agents.

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Thermally and vacuum stable, if dextrin not used for desensitizing.
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