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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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