<chemistry> Start modified by heat so as to become a transparent mass, like horn. It is soluble in cold water.

Origin: Cf. F. Amidine, fr. Amido starch, fr. L. Amylum, Gr. Fine meal, neut. Of not ground at the mill, hence, of the finest meal; priv. +, mill. See Meal.

(01 Mar 1998)

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