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methylcellulose

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A powdery substance prepared synthetically by the methylation of natural cellulose and used as a food additive, a bulk-forming laxative, an emulsifier, and a thickener. It swells in water to form a gel.

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  • n. A white powdery substance, obtained by the methylation of cellulose, that swells in contact with water to form a gel; it has many industrial applications.

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Examples

  • If your problem is infrequency, choose a bulk laxative such as methylcellulose (Citrucel and generic), polycarbophil (Equalactin, FiberCon, and generic), or psyllium (Fiberall, Metamucil, and generic).

    When the going gets tough: Constipation causes and treatments

  • In Italy, a documentary-style television program went undercover in the kitchen of Massimo Bottura at the avant-garde Osteria Francescana in Modena and filmed the chef adding methylcellulose to a sauce.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • His trick is the additive methylcellulose, a gum which solidifies when it warms rather than cools.

    Harvard's Science & Cooking Lectures With Chefs José Andrés, Ferran Adrià, Grant Achatz, Dan Barber & More

  • Soluble fiber supplements available from health food stores and drug stores include psyllium (brand names Metamucil, Fiberall and Perdiem), methylcellulose (Citrucel) and polycarbophil (one of its brand names is Fibercon).

    Traditional treatments work well for IBS

  • But what do people think about calcium gluconate, calcium lactate, calcium chloride, sodium citrate, methylcellulose, sodium alginate ?

    At My Table

  • Supplements - which include fiber sources such as psyllium, methylcellulose, wheat dextrim and inulin - entered the market more than a decade ago touting their laxative properties, but in the last five years have emerged as everyday food additives, suggesting healthier eating is just a shake away.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Komm - who graduated as a geophysicist before becoming a fashion entrepreneur then finding his calling as a chef at age 34 having entered the industry as a restaurant owner - makes liberal use of methylcellulose, a thickening agent once to spin out smetana, the Russian version of sour cream.

    Forbes.com: News

  • After all, his equipment includes vacuum sealers, colloid mills and rotary evaporators, and some of his ingredients are agar and methylcellulose.

    ABC News: Top Stories

  • At McCrady's, in a building built in 1788, where George Washington is said to have dined, he installed immersion circulators and stored pounds of gellan gum, carrageenans and methylcellulose.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Why do we have so much weird stuff like methylcellulose and xanthum gum that's produced in a laboratory in our food?

    News

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