dextrin

[dek-strin]
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noun Biochemistry, Chemistry.
  1. 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 dex·trine [dek-strin, -streen] /ˈdɛk strɪn, -strin/.

Origin of dextrin

From the French word dextrine, dating back to 1825–35. See dextr-, -in2
Also called British gum.
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Examples from the Web for dextrin

Historical Examples of dextrin

  • Starch is made from it both for the laundry and for the manufacture of farina, dextrin, etc.

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor

  • Dextrin, by the way, is the only paste which will not stain silk.

  • The starch has disappeared, and dextrin, a new substance, appears in its place.

    Encyclopedia of Diet

    Eugene Christian

  • I have already spoken of the formation of dextrin from starch.

    Encyclopedia of Diet

    Eugene Christian

  • Dextrin has no particular dietetic qualities that do not exist in starch.

    Encyclopedia of Diet

    Eugene Christian


British Dictionary definitions for dextrin

dextrin

dextrine (ˈdɛkstrɪn, -triːn)

noun
  1. 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 for dextrin

C19: from French dextrine; see dextro-, -in
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dextrin in Medicine

dextrin

[dĕkstrĭn]
n.
  1. 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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