[ 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 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dextrin


dextrine (ˈdɛkstrɪn, -triːn)

/ (ˈdɛkstrɪn) /


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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Medicine definitions for dextrin

[ dĕkstrĭn ]


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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