Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

dextrin

play
noun dex·trin \ˈdek-strən\

Definition of dextrin

  1. :  any of various water-soluble gummy polysaccharides (C6H10O5)n obtained from starch by the action of heat, acids, or enzymes and used as adhesives, as sizes for paper and textiles, as thickening agents (as in syrups), and in beer



Variants of dextrin

also

dextrine

play \-ˌstrēn, -strən\

Origin and Etymology of dextrin

French dextrine, from dextr-


First Known Use: 1838


Medical Dictionary

dextrin

play
noun dex·trin \ˈdek-strən\

Medical Definition of dextrin

  1. :  any of various soluble gummy polysaccharides (C6H10O5)n obtained from starch by the action of heat, acids, or enzymes and used as adhesives, as sizes for paper and textiles, as thickening agents (as in syrups), and in beer



Variants of dextrin

also

dextrine

\-ˌstrēn, -strən\play

Learn More about dextrin

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of dextrin Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about dextrin


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up dextrin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not forbidden by law

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

estival brumal vernal hiemal
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ