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gum arabic

noun

Definition of gum arabic

  1. :  a water-soluble gum obtained from several acacias (especially Acacia senegal) and used especially in the manufacture of inks, adhesives, pharmaceuticals, and confections



14th Century

First Known Use of gum arabic

14th century


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noun gum ar·a·bic \-ˈar-ə-bik\

Medical Definition of gum arabic

  1. :  a water-soluble gum obtained from several leguminous plants of the genus Acacia (especially A. senegal and A. arabica) and used especially in pharmacy to suspend insoluble substances in water, to prepare emulsions, and to make pills and lozenges—called also acacia, gum acacia




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