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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According to Gundry, gluten — a protein that’s found in wheat, barley rye, and triticale — is just one type of lectin. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How Kelly Clarkson Lost Nearly 40 Pounds on the Plant Paradox Diet," 25 June 2018 According to a recent survey, more than 30 percent of Americans actively try to avoid eating gluten. Miguel Saps, M.d., miamiherald, "Is eating gluten really bad for you?," 19 June 2018 Whether for diet or health concerns, giving up gluten used to mean missing out on the wildly flavorful new craft beers. Joshua M. Bernstein, Bon Appetit, "12 Gluten-Free Beers That Actually Taste Good," 14 June 2018 If the label doesn’t specify the type of starch, people with wheat allergies or those who need to avoid gluten should contact the manufacturer. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "These chicken bites are a healthful alternative to the fast-food version," 19 May 2018 All products are certified gluten free, vegan, kosher and non-GMO verified., "Barney Butter offers quite a spread of options," 30 Apr. 2018 Purchase homemade baked goods, including gluten free and nut free items, and gently used household items and home decor. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Food and drink events: Cooking classes, wine tastings, more," 10 Apr. 2018 But a growing number of people without celiac are reducing or eliminating glutens. Birmingham Magazine,, "Get a glimpse into this beautiful, custom-built Homewood home," 23 Jan. 2018 This is almost always tacos with a margarita, wine, or a good gluten-free beer. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "13 Athletes Share How They Recover After a Tough Workout," 14 July 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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