The New International Encyclopædia/Lichenin

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The New International Encyclopædia
Lichenin
Edition of 1905. See also Lichenin on Wikipedia, and the disclaimer.

LICHENIN, lī'kĕn-ĭn. A starch-like body, found in Iceland moss and other lichens, from which it is extracted by digesting the moss in a cold, weak solution of carbonate of soda for some time, and then boiling. By this process the lichenin is dissolved and on cooling separates as a colorless jelly. Iodine imparts no color to it.