xanthan gum

xan·than gum
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [zan-thuh n guhm]
    • /ˈzæn θən gʌm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [zan-thuh n guhm]
    • /ˈzæn θən gʌm/

Definitions of xanthan gum words

  • noun xanthan gum 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. 1
  • noun xanthan gum a complex polysaccharide exuded by colonies of the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris: used as a food additive in salad dressings, dairy products, etc 0
  • noun xanthan gum a natural gum, produced by the fermentation of sugars by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris; used as a food additive. 0

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Origin of xanthan gum

First appearance:

before 1960
One of the 3% newest English words
1960-65; probably Xanth(omonas campestris) bacterium which produces the gum + -an, variant of -ane

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A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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