dextran

noun
dex·​tran | \ ˈdek-stran How to pronounce dextran (audio) , -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

First Known Use of dextran

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Dextran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dextran. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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dextran

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

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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