xanthan

[zan-thuh n]
noun Nutrition.
  1. a water-soluble natural gum produced by the fermentation of sugar with certain microorganisms and used as a binder, extender, or stabilizer in foods and other products.

Origin of xanthan

1960–65; probably Xanth(omonas campestris) bacterium which produces the gum + -an, variant of -ane
Also called xanthan gum.
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Contemporary Examples of xanthan

  • Gluten-free noodles are often made with some sort of gelling agent like xanthan gum to bind the ingredients together.

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    December 28, 2010