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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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