xanthan gum(redirected from Xanthum gum)
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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.
[From New Latin Xanthomonas (campestris), name of the bacterium used to produce it : Greek xanthos, yellow (from its color) + Greek monas, monad; see monad.]
xanthan gum(ˈzænˌθæn) or
(Biochemistry) a complex polysaccharide exuded by colonies of the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris: used as a food additive in salad dressings, dairy products, etc