Definition of inulin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈinyələn/


A complex of sugar present in the roots of various plants and used medically to test kidney function. It is a polysaccharide based on fructose.
Example sentences
  • Prebiotics are complex carbohydrates - oligosaccharides, such as inulin and short-chain sugars.
  • While neither sugar beet fiber nor inulin had a metabolic effect on the dogs, guar gum resulted in decreased postprandial insulin and fasting cholesterol.
  • It contains taraxasterol, choline, inulin and pectin.


Early 19th century: from Latin inula (identified by medieval herbalists with elecampane) + -in1.

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Syllabification: in·u·lin

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