xanthan gum

noun xan·than gum \ ˈzan-thən- \

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

Origin and Etymology of xanthan gum

xanth- (from New Latin Xanthomonas, genus name) + 3-an


Medical Dictionary

xanthan gum

noun xan·than gum \ ˈzan-thən- \

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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