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dextran

[ dek-struhn ]
/ ˈdɛk strən /
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noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.
a viscous polysaccharide, composed of dextrose, produced by bacterial action on sucrose: used in confections and lacquers and in medicine chiefly as an extender for blood plasma.
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Origin of dextran

First recorded in 1875–80; dextr(ose) + an(hydride)
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How to use dextran in a sentence

  • Lichenin, para dextran, and para isodextran are dextrosans which have been isolated from various lower plants.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

British Dictionary definitions for dextran

dextran
/ (ˈdɛkstrən) /

noun
biochem a polysaccharide produced by the action of bacteria on sucrose: used as a substitute for plasma in blood transfusions

Word Origin for dextran

C19: from dextro- + -an
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