xanthan

[ zan-thuh n ]
/ ˈzæn θən /

noun Nutrition.

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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Also called xanthan gum.

Origin of xanthan

1960–65; probably Xanth(omonas campestris) bacterium which produces the gum + -an, variant of -ane
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