Adjective "xanthan" definition and examples

(Xanthan may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)


/ˈzanθan ɡʌm/

Definitions and examples


A substance produced by bacterial fermentation or synthetically and used in foods as a gelling agent and thickener. It is a polysaccharide composed of glucose, mannose, and glucuronic acid.
  1. 'The taste and texture are distinctive, but the ingredients are simple: pulverized sugar, corn syrup, corn starch, xanthan gum, color, and flavor.'
  2. 'Glycerin and xanthan gum maintain the scalp's moisture, which prevents dandruff.'

More definitions

1. 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.

More examples(as adjective)

"gums can be xanthan."


1960s: from the modern Latin name of the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris + -an.