alant starch
Inulin In"u*lin, n. [From NL. {Inula Helenium}, the elecampane: cf. F. inuline.] (Chem.) A substance of very wide occurrence. It is found dissolved in the sap of the roots and rhizomes of many composite and other plants, as {Inula}, {Helianthus}, {Campanula}, etc., and is extracted by solution as a tasteless, white, semicrystalline substance, resembling starch, with which it is isomeric, having fructose units in place of most of the glucose units. It is intermediate in nature between starch and sugar, and replaces starch as the reserve food in Compositae. Called also {dahlin}, {helenin}, {alantin}, {alant starch}, etc. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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  • alant starch — /al euhnt, euh lant /, Chem. inulin. [ < G, OHG, perh. < VL *iluna, alter. of L inula (see INULIN)] * * * …   Universalium

  • alant starch — SYN: inulin …   Medical dictionary

  • alant starch — /al euhnt, euh lant /, Chem. inulin. [ < G, OHG, perh. < VL *iluna, alter. of L inula (see INULIN)] …   Useful english dictionary

  • alantin — Inulin In u*lin, n. [From NL. {Inula Helenium}, the elecampane: cf. F. inuline.] (Chem.) A substance of very wide occurrence. It is found dissolved in the sap of the roots and rhizomes of many composite and other plants, as {Inula}, {Helianthus} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dahlin — Inulin In u*lin, n. [From NL. {Inula Helenium}, the elecampane: cf. F. inuline.] (Chem.) A substance of very wide occurrence. It is found dissolved in the sap of the roots and rhizomes of many composite and other plants, as {Inula}, {Helianthus} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • helenin — Inulin In u*lin, n. [From NL. {Inula Helenium}, the elecampane: cf. F. inuline.] (Chem.) A substance of very wide occurrence. It is found dissolved in the sap of the roots and rhizomes of many composite and other plants, as {Inula}, {Helianthus} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inula Helenium — Inulin In u*lin, n. [From NL. {Inula Helenium}, the elecampane: cf. F. inuline.] (Chem.) A substance of very wide occurrence. It is found dissolved in the sap of the roots and rhizomes of many composite and other plants, as {Inula}, {Helianthus} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inulin — In u*lin, n. [From NL. {Inula Helenium}, the elecampane: cf. F. inuline.] (Chem.) A substance of very wide occurrence. It is found dissolved in the sap of the roots and rhizomes of many composite and other plants, as {Inula}, {Helianthus},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inulin — A fructose polysaccharide from the rhizome of Inula helenium or elecampane (family Compositae) and other plants; used by intravenous injection, where it is filtered by the renal glomeruli but not re absorbed and thus can be used to determine the… …   Medical dictionary

  • inulin — /in yeuh lin/, n. Chem. a polysaccharide, (C6H10O5)n, obtained from the roots of certain plants, esp. elecampane, dahlia, and Jerusalem artichoke, that undergoes hydrolysis to the dextrorotatory form of fructose: used chiefly as an ingredient in… …   Universalium

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