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

  • n. 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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  • n. a natural gum, produced by the fermentation of sugars by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris; used as a food additive


From New Latin Xanthomonas (campestris), name of the bacterium used to produce it : Greek xanthos, yellow (from its color) + Greek monas, monad; see monad.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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