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A derivative of cellulose whose sodium salt is used in the manufacture of processed foods as a stabilizing and emulsifying agent, in drugs to add viscosity and lubrication, and in sizing paper and textiles.
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a white, water-soluble polymer derived from cellulose, used as a coating and sizing for paper and textiles, a food stabilizer, and an appetite suppressor.
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