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xanthan gum

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noun xan·than gum \ˈzan-thən-\

Definition of xanthan gum

  1. :  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 and Etymology of xanthan gum

xanth- (from New Latin Xanthomonas, genus name) + 3-an


First Known Use: 1964


Medical Dictionary

xanthan gum

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noun xan·than gum \ˈzan-thən-\

Medical Definition of xanthan gum

  1. :  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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