carboxymethylcellulose

[ kahr-bok-see-meth-uh l-sel-yuh-lohs ]
/ kɑrˌbɒk siˌmɛθ əlˈsɛl yəˌloʊs /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. carboxylase,
  2. carboxylate,
  3. carboxylation,
  4. carboxylic acid,
  5. carboxyltransferase,
  6. carboxypeptidase,
  7. carboy,
  8. carbro process,
  9. carbs,
  10. carbuncle

Origin of carboxymethylcellulose

First recorded in 1945–50; carb- + oxy-2 + methyl + cellulose

Also called cellulose gum.

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