gum arabic

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gum arabic

a gum exuded by certain acacia trees, esp Acacia senegal: used in the manufacture of ink, food thickeners, pills, emulsifiers, etc.

Gum Arabic


a hard, transparent substance secreted by various species of acacia; a viscous fluid that hardens in air and dissolves in water, forming a gluey, slightly acidic solution. Gum arabic was formerly used in many branches of industry as an adhesive, but it is losing its importance increasingly with the development of polymer production.

gum arabic

[′gəm ′ar·ə·bik]
A water-soluble gum obtained from acacia trees in Africa and Australia; produced commercially as a white powder; used in the manufacture of inks and adhesives, in textile finishing, and as the principal binder in watercolor and gouache. Also known as acacia gum; gum Kordofan; gum Senegal.

gum arabic, acacia, gum acacia

A white, powdery, water-soluble gum, extracted from certain acacia trees; used in the manufacture of adhesives and transparent paints.
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Abdel-Gader pointed out that they recently agreed with the United Nations to establish the African Gum Arabic Council headquarters in Khartoum, expecting demand for the commodity would significantly increase during the coming period.
Effective application of gum arabic in paper manufacturing, meat processing, and processing vegetable juices
The aim of this investigation was carried to evaluate the effect of gum Arabic was taken orally which supplemented with low protein diet and some minerals on chronic kidney diseases in rats.
At the end of the storage period, there was statistical difference in all samples and the powder produced with 'umbu-caja' pulp formulated with 10% of gum arabic showed the highest content of reducing sugars, because the greater the addition of additive, the higher the dilution of the sugars from the fruit.
Importance of socio-economic factors in the collection of NTFPs: The case of gum Arabic in Kenya.
Price reports that their published paper has already prompted commercial inquiries about the polysaccharide, including its potential as a domestic alternative to imported gum Arabic.
Materials: Cellulose, gum Arabic and carageenan wereobtained from local market in A Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Though some countries appear in this belt as Gum Arabic producers, Sudan occupies a commanding position as the world largest producer, followed by Chad and Nigeria.
Gum acacia (babool) or gum acacia, hashab (Arabic), gum arabic tree with botanical name Acacia nilotica of family leguminosae is an important forest tree of Indo-Pak subcontinent.
Acacia gum, also called gum Arabic, is obtained from the stems and branches of acacia trees, widely distributed throughout the Sahelian regions of Africa which make up the ''gum belt.