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[Latin, from Greek amulon, starch, from neuter of amulos, not ground at a mill : a-, not; see a-1 + mulē, mill; see melə- in Indo-European roots.]


(Biochemistry) another name for starch2
[Latin, from Greek amulon fine meal, starch, from amulos not ground at the mill, from a-1 + mulē mill]



1. a white, tasteless, solid carbohydrate, (C6H10O5)n, occurring in the form of minute granules in the seeds, tubers, and other parts of plants, and forming an important constituent of rice, corn, wheat, beans, potatoes, and many other vegetable foods.
2. a commercial preparation of this substance used to stiffen textile fabrics in laundering.
3. starches, foods rich in natural starch.
4. stiffness or formality, as of manner.
5. vigor; energy; stamina; boldness.
6. to stiffen or treat with starch.
7. to make stiff or rigidly formal (sometimes fol. by up).
[1375–1425; (v.) late Middle English sterchen orig., to stiffen, Old English stercean to strengthen, derivative of stearc stark; (n.) late Middle English starch(e), sterche, derivative of the v.]
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Noun1.amylum - a complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and riceamylum - a complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice; an important foodstuff and used otherwise especially in adhesives and as fillers and stiffeners for paper and textiles
arum - starch resembling sago that is obtained from cuckoopint root
cassava, cassava starch, manioc, manioca - a starch made by leaching and drying the root of the cassava plant; the source of tapioca; a staple food in the tropics
polyose, polysaccharide - any of a class of carbohydrates whose molecules contain chains of monosaccharide molecules
arrowroot - a nutritive starch obtained from the root of the arrowroot plant
cornflour, cornstarch - starch prepared from the grains of corn; used in cooking as a thickener
sago - powdery starch from certain sago palms; used in Asia as a food thickener and textile stiffener
amyloid - a non-nitrogenous food substance consisting chiefly of starch; any substance resembling starch
Otaheite arrowroot, Otaheite arrowroot starch - a starch obtained from the root of the pia
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The increasing tendency with the species in PROP feeding group demonstrated that propionate supplementation probably had a positive effect on degrading of amylum.
Rudolph Virchow originally coined the term amyloid (Greek amyloid; Latin amylum = starch) in the 19th century.
Musk and Lyquid, Golde, in a precious composition by weight, and made Losenges with fine Sugar and Amylum.
The seminar will be attended by around 150 participants a ABB customers from important local companies such as KCM, Amylum, Lukoil Neftochim, TPP Maritza East 2, "AES", Maritza East 1 etc, by official ABB distributors, by representatives of Power Plants in the country, as well as by ABB experts from Bulgaria, Italy and Germany.
The company's manufacturing plant is located 60 km north of Cairo and was designed and installed by Amylum of Belgium.
Technically speaking, the process is almost the same to make biofuels from corn as to make it from other plants, especially from cassavas, because the cassava contains almost the same quantities of key carbohydrate amylum as corn, according to Chen Guanyi, director of an ethanol research programme at Tianjin University, near Beijing.
One group was maintained with normal protein diet (18% casein, 70% amylum, 7% fat, 4% salt mixture and 1% vitamin mixture) and the other group with protein restricted diet (5% casein, 83% amylum, 7% fat, 4% salt mixture and 1% vitamin mixture) according to Hawk et a1 (17).
The super-absorbing polymers include weakly crosslinked acrylic acid and acrylamide polymers, starch, crosslinked amylum, and cellulose derivatives.
1976: The company acquired a one-third stoke in Amylum, which established for the first time a major interest in cereal sweetener and starch-based manufacturing.
The group said higher energy costs and the outcome of pricing talks at Amylum and its US counterpart business Staley in the second half would influence its overall results for the year.
Tate, which has plants in East London and Selby, North Yorkshire, has struggled with the highest wheat prices since 1996 which put pressure on its European food starch arm Amylum.
The London-based group said wheat and maize prices in Europe had risen by 20pc since November, putting pressure on margins at its European cereal sweetener and food starch arm Amylum.