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.
Origin of xanthan gumFrom New Latin Xanthomonas (campestris), name of the bacterium used to produce it : Greek xanthos, yellow (from its color) + Greek monas, monad; see monad.
Variant of xanthan
a gum produced by bacterial fermentation, used as a thickener, as in commercial foods
also xanthan gum
Origin of xanthan; from Xanth(omonas campestris), a species of bacteria used in the process + -an