Definition of gluten in English:


Line breaks: glu¦ten
Pronunciation: /ˈɡluːt(ə)n


[mass noun]
A mixture of two proteins present in cereal grains, especially wheat, which is responsible for the elastic texture of dough.
More example sentences
  • Of all the gluten grains, wheat gluten has the highest gliadin content.
  • In celiac disease, the immune system reacts to a protein called gluten found in wheat, barley or rye.
  • Wheat, gluten, and other proteins in food may elicit allergic symptoms.


late 16th century (originally denoting protein from animal tissue): via French from Latin, literally 'glue'.

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