What is starch?

  • (noun): A complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice; an important foodstuff and used otherwise especially in adhesives and as fillers and stiffeners for paper and textiles.
    Synonyms: amylum
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Starch or amylum is a carbohydrate consisting of a large number of glucose units joined by glycosidic bonds. This polysaccharide is produced by all green plants as an energy store. It is the most common carbohydrate in the human diet and is contained in large amounts in such staple foods as potatoes, wheat, maize (corn), rice, and cassava.

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List Of Japanese Ingredients - Plant Sources - Flour
... katakuri starch - an alternative ingredient for potato starch kinako - soybean flour/meal kibi (millet) flour konnyaku starch powder kudzu starch Rice flour (komeko) joshinko(ja) mochiko shiratamako(ja) dōmyōji ... mijinko(ja), kanbaiko (寒梅粉?) powdery starch made from sticky rice ... Gyūhi flour soba flour warabi starch - substitutes are sold under this name, though authentic starch derives from fern roots ...
Mueller-Hinton Agar
... It typically contains (w/v) 30.0% beef infusion 1.75% casein hydrolysate 0.15% starch 1.7% agar pH adjusted to neutral at 25 °C ... Additionally, it contains starch ... Starch is known to absorb toxins released from bacteria, so that they cannot interfere with the antibiotics ...
Starch - Industrial Applications - Other
... Another large non-food starch application is in the construction industry, where starch is used in the gypsum wall board manufacturing process ... Starch is used in the manufacture of various adhesives or glues for book-binding, wallpaper adhesives, paper sack production, tube winding, gummed paper, envelope adhesives, school ... Starch derivatives, such as yellow dextrins, can be modified by addition of some chemicals to form a hard glue for paper work some of those forms use borax or soda ash, which are mixed with the starch solution at ...
Starch Phosphorylase
... Starch phosphorylase is a form of phosphorylase similar to glycogen phosphorylase, except that it acts upon starch instead of glycogen ... The plant alpha-glucan phosphorylase, commonly called starch phosphorylase (EC, is largely known for the phosphorolytic degradation of starch ... Starch phosphorylase catalyzes the reversible transfer of glucosyl units from glucose-1-phosphate to the nonreducing end of alpha-1,4-D-glucan chains with the release of phosphate ...
Tongaat Hulett - Starch
... The company is Africa's largest producer of starch and glucose, produced at five South African facilities ...

More definitions of "starch":

  • (verb): Stiffen with starch.
    Example: "Starch clothes"