Pronunciation: (dek'strin), [key]
—n. Biochem., Chem.
a soluble, gummy substance, formed from starch by the action of heat, acids, or ferments, occurring in various forms and having dextrorotatory properties: used chiefly as a thickening agent in printing inks and food, as a mucilage, and as a substitute for gum arabic and other natural substances. Also,dex•trinePronunciation: (dek'strin, -strēn). [key]Also called British gum.
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