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xanthan

[zan-thuh n] /ˈzæn θən/
noun, Nutrition.
1.
a water-soluble natural gum produced by the fermentation of sugar with certain microorganisms and used as a binder, extender, or stabilizer in foods and other products.
Also called xanthan gum.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; probably Xanth(omonas campestris) bacterium which produces the gum + -an, variant of -ane
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British Dictionary definitions for xanthan gum

xanthan gum

/ˈzænˌθæn/
noun
1.
a complex polysaccharide exuded by colonies of the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris: used as a food additive in salad dressings, dairy products, etc
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xanthan gum in Medicine

xanthan gum xan·than gum (zān'thən)
n.
A natural gum of high molecular weight produced by culture fermentation of glucose and used as a stabilizer in commercial food preparation.

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xanthan gum in Science
xanthan gum
  (zān'thən)   
A natural gum of high molecular weight produced by fermentation of glucose (usually in the form of corn syrup) with bacteria. Xanthan gum is used as a stabilizer in commercial food preparation.
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