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[dek-strin] /ˈdɛk strɪn/
noun, Biochemistry, Chemistry.
a soluble, gummy substance, formed from starch by the action of heat, acids, or ferments, occurring in various forms and having dextrorotatory properties: used chiefly as a thickening agent in printing inks and food, as a mucilage, and as a substitute for gum arabic and other natural substances.
Also, dextrine
[dek-strin, -streen] /ˈdɛk strɪn, -strin/ (Show IPA)
Also called British gum.
Origin of dextrin
From the French word dextrine, dating back to 1825-35. See dextr-, -in2 Unabridged
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any of a group of sticky substances that are intermediate products in the conversion of starch to maltose: used as thickening agents in foods and as gums
Word Origin
C19: from French dextrine; see dextro-, -in
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dextrin in Medicine

dextrin dex·trin (děk'strĭn) or dex·trine (děk'strĭn, -strēn')
Any of various soluble polysaccharides obtained from starch by the application of heat or acids and used mainly as adhesives and thickening agents.

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