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.
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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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a complex polysaccharide exuded by colonies of the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris: used as a food additive in salad dressings, dairy products, etc
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A natural gum of high molecular weight produced by culture fermentation of glucose and used as a stabilizer in commercial food preparation.
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A natural gum of high molecular weight produced by fermentation of glucose (usually in the form of corn syrup) with bacteria. Xanthan gum is used as a stabilizer in commercial food preparation.
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