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Cyamopsis gum; from the cluster bean, Cyamopsis tetragonoloba; a water-soluble galactomannan; used in ‘slimming’ preparations, since it is not digested by digestive enzymes, and experimentally in the treatment of diabetes, since it slows the absorption of nutrients, and so prevents a rapid rise in blood sugar after a meal.

Subjects: Chemistry — Medicine and Health.

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