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the dried gummy exudation from Sterculia urens or other species of Sterculia, which becomes gelatinous when moisture is added; used as a bulk cathartic and dental adhesive. It is available in rings that can be molded into any desired shape. Products containing karaya gum are often used as protective skin barriers in the care of colostomy and other conditions in which there is a stoma. Called also sterculia gum.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
the dried gummy exudation from Sterculia urens, S. villosa, S. tragacantha, or other species of Sterculia, or from Cochlospermum gossypium or other species of Cochlospermum (family Bixaceae); used as a hydrophilic laxative and in the manufacture of lotions and pastes.
Synonym(s): karaya gum
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