xanthan-gum

xanthan

[zan-thuhn]
noun Nutrition.
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:
1960–65; probably Xanth(omonas campestris) bacterium which produces the gum + -an, variant of -ane

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