xanthan gum

noun
xan·​than gum | \ ˈzan-thən- How to pronounce xanthan gum (audio) \

Definition of xanthan gum

: a polysaccharide that is produced by fermentation of carbohydrates by a gram-negative bacterium (Xanthomonas campestris) and is a thickening and suspending agent used especially in pharmaceuticals and prepared foods

called also xanthan

Examples of xanthan gum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chefs like to marinate fresh Fresno chiles with white wine vinegar, sugar, salt and water for at least one week before blending them with a bit of xanthan gum to thicken the mixture slightly. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, "Put five more hot sauces on your radar," 21 Apr. 2021 Commercial ice cream in America is often made instead with stabilizers or thickeners like cornstarch or xanthan gum, which helps maintain a creamy texture and keeps it from melting too quickly. Katy Severson, chicagotribune.com, "How to make ice cream," 19 Mar. 2021 Mix in the xanthan gum and beat on high for another minute. Akili King, Vogue, "6 Chefs Share Their Favorite Vegan Recipes For the Holiday Season," 24 Nov. 2020 In large bowl, stir together rolled oats, almond flour, gluten-free flour, baking soda and xanthan gum. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breakfast salads, vegetable desserts: A year in a CSA changes her meal plan, fills her freezer," 29 Sep. 2020 Then there's xanthan gum (a thickening agent), daiya (an artisan vegan cheese), stevia (a natural sweetener), and a mix of cashews, nutritional yeast, sea salt and garlic powder that results in a Parmesan cheese substitute. Karen Martin, Arkansas Online, "The ethics of a vegan diet," 9 Aug. 2020 Add baking powder, xanthan gum, sugar, salt, and currants and mix until combined. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, "No flour? No problem. How to bake with workarounds.," 6 May 2020 One option is to add xanthan gum, a powdery substance found in the baking aisle and a popular ingredient in gluten-free cooking. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, "No flour? No problem. How to bake with workarounds.," 6 May 2020 Emulsifiers: Ingredients such as xanthan gum or stearic acid that prevent a formula from separating. Nia Decaille, Washington Post, "A guide to the confusing and sometimes controversial ingredients in your cosmetics," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of xanthan gum

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for xanthan gum

xanth- (in New Latin Xanthomonas, bacterial genus name, from xantho- xantho- + -monas, combining form used in the generic names of microorganisms, borrowed from Greek monad-, monás "single item, unit") + -an entry 3 — more at monad

Note: The suffix in an earlier variant xantham, if not a misspelling, is unexplained.

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“Xanthan gum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xanthan%20gum. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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xanthan gum

noun
xan·​than gum | \ ˈzan-thən- How to pronounce xanthan gum (audio) \

Medical Definition of xanthan gum

: a polysaccharide that is produced by fermentation of carbohydrates by a bacterium (Xanthomonas campestris) and is a thickening and suspending agent used especially in pharmaceuticals and prepared foods

called also xanthan

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