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carboxymethylcellulose

[kahr-bok-see-meth-uh l-sel-yuh-lohs]
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noun
  1. a white, water-soluble polymer derived from cellulose, used as a coating and sizing for paper and textiles, a stabilizer for various foods, and an appetite suppressor.

Origin of carboxymethylcellulose

First recorded in 1945–50; carb- + oxy-2 + methyl + cellulose
Also called cellulose gum.
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