xanthan gum


xan·than gum

noun \ˈzan-thən-\

Definition of XANTHAN GUM

:  a polysaccharide that is produced by fermentation of carbohydrates by a gram-negative bacterium (Xanthomonas campestris) and is a thickening and suspending agent used especially in pharmaceuticals and prepared foods —called also xanthan

Origin of XANTHAN GUM

xanth- (from New Latin Xanthomonas, genus name) + 3-an
First Known Use: 1964

xan·than gum

noun \ˈzan-thən-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of XANTHAN GUM

: a polysaccharide that is produced by fermentation of carbohydrates by a bacterium (Xanthomonas campestris) and is a thickening and suspending agent used especially in pharmaceuticals and prepared foods—called also xanthan

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