glu·​ten | \ˈglü-tᵊn \

Definition of gluten 

: a tenacious elastic protein substance especially of wheat flour that gives cohesiveness to dough

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Other Words from gluten

glutenous \ ˈglüt-​nəs , ˈglü-​tᵊn-​əs \ adjective

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Customers with special dietary needs, such as gluten sensitivity and vegetarian, can order accordingly in the store or online. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Moe's Southwest Grill celebrates West Akron opening with free burritos for a year," 9 May 2018 What this has to do with the food: There is some obvious overlap here with the gluten stuff. Brett Anderson,, "Gabrielle, the New Orleans restaurant that makes time stand still, explained," 8 May 2018 Her company, which manufactures a portable gluten tester, is a prime example of the kind of small hardware venture that could suffer as trade barriers go up. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Gadget makers are bracing for Trump’s trade war," 20 June 2018 The pita has inflated into a sphere on the hot fire, but its interior has the lovely, evolved gluten network of a slow-risen country loaf. Jonathan Gold,, "At Middle Eastern restaurants, it all starts with hummus. Jonathan Gold says Bavel's is magnificent," 15 June 2018 Without gluten, sulfates, or parabens, and packed with aloe and botanicals, these products take to skin beautifully, feel luxurious and nourishing, and look amazing both on your face and on your vanity. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "The Best Natural and Organic Makeup Brands That Makeup Artists Actually Use," 6 June 2018 Check out a photo gallery of gluten-free-friendly restaurants above. Lauren Delgado,, "A guide to gluten-free-friendly dining in Central Florida," 10 May 2018 That also reduces the supply of corn gluten meal, so it’s rather hard to find. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Double-duty: Grow corn to support bean stalks too | Idaho Statesman," 28 Mar. 2018 Removing gluten from their diet helps their symptoms. Amber H. Langshaw, M.d., miamiherald, "What is celiac disease? It’s not a wheat allergy and it’s not a fad | Miami Herald," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of gluten

1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gluten

Latin glutin-, gluten glue — more at clay

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The first known use of gluten was in 1803

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English Language Learners Definition of gluten

: a substance in wheat and flour that holds dough together


glu·​ten | \ˈglüt-ᵊn \

Medical Definition of gluten 

: a gluey protein substance especially of wheat flour that causes dough to be sticky

Other Words from gluten

glutenous \ ˈglüt-​nəs, -​ᵊn-​əs \ adjective

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