dextran

noun
dex·tran | \ˈdek-stran, -strən\

Definition of dextran 

: any of numerous glucose biopolymers of variable molecular weight that are produced especially by the fermentation of sucrose by bacteria (such as genus Leuconostoc), are found in dental plaque, and are used especially in blood plasma substitutes

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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dextral

dextral shell

dextran

dextranase

dextrin

dextrinate

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dextran

noun
dex·tran | \ˈdek-ˌstran, -strən \

Medical Definition of dextran 

: any of numerous biopolymers (C6H10O5)n of variable molecular weight that are produced especially by the fermentation of sucrose by bacteria of the genus Leuconostoc (as L. mesenteroides), are found in dental plaque, and are used especially after suitable chemical modification as blood plasma substitutes, as packing materials in chromatography, and as pharmaceutical agents — compare levan

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