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  1. Gums are naturally found as cementing substances between cells or as decomposition products of cellulose.
  2. Gums are formed as a result of disintegration of lateral tissues i.e. decomposition of cellulose.
  3. This process is called ‘gummesis’.
  4. Gums are colloidal in nature and are water soluble or can atleast imbibe water.
  5. They are insoluble in ether, alcohol or oils.