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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A polysaccharide of high molecular weight produced by bacterial fermentation of glucose and used as a stabilizer and thickener in foods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and various industrial processes.

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

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin Xanthomonas (campestris), name of the bacterium used to produce it : Greek xanthos, yellow (from its color) + Greek monas, monad; see monad.]

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