Definition of Inulin

1. Noun. Used to manufacture fructose and in assessing kidney function.

Generic synonyms: Polyose, Polysaccharide



Definition of Inulin

1. n. 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. It is intermediate in nature between starch and sugar. Called also dahlin, helenin, alantin, etc.

Definition of Inulin

1. Noun. (carbohydrates) a polysaccharide found in the roots and tubers of certain plants, especially the Compositae; it is mostly a polymer of fructose ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Inulin

1. a chemical compound [n -S]

Medical Definition of Inulin

1. A polysaccharide of variable molecular weight (around 5 kD), that is a polymer of fructofuranose. Widely used as a marker of extracellular space, an indicator of blood volume in insects (by measuring the dilution of the radio label) and in food for diabetics. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inulin

intwisting
intwists
inuendo
inuentrix
inugami
inukshuit
inukshuk
inukshuks
inuksuit
inuksuk
inuksuks
inula
inulas
inulase
inulases
inulin (current term)
inulin clearance
inulinase
inulins
inuloid
inulol
inumbrate
inumbrated
inumbrates
inumbrating
inunct
inuncted
inunction
inunctions
inundant

Literary usage of Inulin

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1. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1871)
"Parnell uses peeled and washed dahlia-tubers, boils them for an hour and a half with 6 pts. of water, and purifies the inulin which separates from the ..."

2. Hand-book of Chemistry by Leopold Gmelin, Henry Watts (1862)
"Aqueous arsenic acid dissolves inulin with aid of heat; after continued action, ... Oxide of lead converts inulin wholly or partially into ..."

3. Histology of Medicinal Plants by William Mansfield (1916)
"inulin inulin is the reserve carbohydrate material found in the plants of the composite ... The medicinal plants containing inulin are dandelion, chicory, ..."

4. An Introduction to the Chemistry of Plant Products by Paul Haas, Thomas George Hill (1917)
"guish inulin and glycogen from dextrin, which does not give a precipitate with ... There is as yet no very accurate method for the estimation of inulin. ..."

5. Practical physiological chemistry by Philip Bovier Hawk (1918)
"inulin gives a negative reaction with iodine solution. ... It is very difficult to prepare inulin which does not reduce Fehling's solution slightly. ..."

6. Practical physiological chemistry: A Book Designed for Use in Courses in by Philip Bovier Hawk (1916)
"inulin gives a negative reaction with iodine solution. ... It is very difficult to prepare inulin which does not reduce Fehling's solution slightly. ..."

7. A Treatise on Chemistry by Henry Enfield Roscoe, Carl Schorlemmer (1884)
"To this Thomas Thomson gave the name of inulin, whilst its composition was ascertained by Mulder. This body appears to replace starch in the roots of many ..."

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