dextran

noun

dex·​tran ˈdek-stran How to pronounce dextran (audio)
-strən
: 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

Examples of dextran in a Sentence

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First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dextran was in 1879

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“Dextran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dextran. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

dextran

noun
dex·​tran ˈdek-ˌstran How to pronounce dextran (audio) -strən How to pronounce dextran (audio)
: 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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