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 For his sauce, Ethan, who worked at upscale Seattle restaurants, blends tamari (making the dish gluten-free), vinegar and aromatics in a Vitamix, then stirs in a little xanthan gum as a thickener. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 22 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 19 Mar. 2021 Mix in the xanthan gum and beat on high for another minute. Akili King, Vogue, 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, 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, 9 Aug. 2020 Add baking powder, xanthan gum, sugar, salt, and currants and mix until combined. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, 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, 6 May 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 18 Oct. 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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