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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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In the last quarter of the financial year to March 31, 2003, industry pressures meant that both Staley and Amylum were unable to secure margin increases in sweetener prices for the calendar year 2003.
Profit before tax, exceptional items and goodwill amortization increased to GBP 228 million ($351 million), GBP 159 million ($245 million) in 2002, with a stronger performance from Amylum and the full year benefit from the disposal of our loss making US sugar businesses.
Trading in Amylum has outperformed the corresponding period in the prior year.
In Europe, small pricing gains at Amylum in certain markets and products (such as vital wheat gluten) have been offset by price reductions elsewhere.
Orsan"), held by Amylum France, a subsidiary of Tate & Lyle.
While this was partly due to the disposal of the US sugar businesses, which lost GBP 19 million (US $29 million) in the comparative period, underlying trading also improved, particularly at Staley and Amylum.
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Musk and Lyquid, Golde, in a precious composition by weight, and made Losenges with fine Sugar and Amylum.
One unit of amylase activity was defined as 10 mg amylum was hydrolyzed by 100 ml enzyme solution in 30 min at 37[degrees]C.
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.