dextran


dex·tran

noun \ˈdek-stran, -strən\

Definition of DEXTRAN

:  any of numerous glucose biopolymers of variable molecular weight that are produced especially by the fermentation of sucrose by bacteria (as genus Leuconostoc), are found in dental plaque, and are used especially in blood plasma substitutes

Origin of DEXTRAN

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1879

dex·tran

noun \ˈdek-ˌstran, -strən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DEXTRAN

: any of numerous biopolymers (C6H10O5)n of variable molecular weight that are produced especially by the fermentation of sucrose by bacteria of the genus Leuconostoc (as L. mesenteroides), are found in dental plaque, and are used especially after suitable chemical modification as blood plasma substitutes, as packing materials in chromatography, and as pharmaceutical agents—compare levan

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