carboxymethylcellulose

carboxymethylcellulose

[kahr-bok-see-meth-uhl-sel-yuh-lohs]
noun
a white, water-soluble polymer derived from cellulose, used as a coating and sizing for paper and textiles, a stabilizer for various foods, and an appetite suppressor.
Also called cellulose gum.


Origin:
1945–50; carb- + oxy- + methyl + cellulose

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