dextran definition

  • noun:
    • Any of several long-chain polymers of glucose with various molecular loads which are utilized in confections, in lacquers, as meals additives, and as plasma volume expanders.
    • a biopolymer of sugar created by enzymes of specific germs; used instead for blood plasma, so when a stationary stage in chromatography
    • A gum present unripe beet-root plus in molasses, and formed, with mannite, by the mucic fermentation of sugar. It's a white amorphous substance readily dissolvable in water, and dextrorotatory. It's the formula C6H10O5.

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