inulin

noun in·u·lin \ ˈin-yə-lən \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of inulin

: a white, mildly sweet, indigestible polysaccharide that occurs chiefly in the roots or tubers of various plants (such as chicory or Jersusalem artichoke), that on hydrolysis yields levulose, and that is used as an additive in low-fat and low-sugar foods to improve the flavor and texture, and as a diagnostic agent in a test for kidney function

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Origin and Etymology of inulin

probably from German Inulin, from Latin inula elecampane


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inulin

noun in·u·lin \ ˈin-yə-lən \

medical Definition of inulin

: a white mildly sweet plant polysaccharide that resists digestion in the stomach and small intestine, is extracted commercially especially from the roots and rhizomes of composite plants (as chicory), and is used as a source of levulose, as a diagnostic agent in a test for kidney function, and as a food additive to improve the flavor and texture of low-fat and low-sugar processed foods — see oligofructose

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