- 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
Also called British gum.
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Examples from the Web for dextrin
Starch is made from it both for the laundry and for the manufacture of farina, dextrin, etc.Storyology
Dextrin, by the way, is the only paste which will not stain silk.The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft
Effie Archer Archer
The starch has disappeared, and dextrin, a new substance, appears in its place.
I have already spoken of the formation of dextrin from starch.
Dextrin has no particular dietetic qualities that do not exist in starch.
dextrine (ˈdɛkstrɪn, -triːn)
- 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
C19: from French dextrine; see dextro-, -in
- 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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