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algin

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noun al·gin \ˈal-jən\

Definition of algin

  1. :  any of various colloidal substances (as an alginate or alginic acid) derived from marine brown algae and used especially as emulsifiers or thickeners



Origin of algin

alga + 1-in


First Known Use: 1883


Medical Dictionary

algin

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noun al·gin \ˈal-jən\

Medical Definition of algin

  1. :  any of various colloidal substances derived from marine brown algae and especially giant kelp: asa:  alginic acidb:  a soluble salt of alginic acid used especially as a stabilizing, emulsifying, or thickening agent in foods (as ice cream), pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics and as a base for dental-impression materials—called also sodium alginate




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