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carrageenan

noun car·ra·geen·an \ˌker-ə-ˈgē-nən, ˌka-rə-\

Definition of carrageenan

  1. :  a colloid extracted from various red algae (as Irish moss) and used especially as a stabilizing or thickening agent



Variants of carrageenan

or

carrageenin

play \ˌker-ə-ˈgē-nən, ˌka-rə-\

Origin and Etymology of carrageenan

carrageen + 3-an or 1-in


First Known Use: circa 1889


Medical Dictionary

carrageenan

noun car·ra·geen·an

Medical Definition of carrageenan

  1. :  a typically gel-forming polysaccharide extracted from various red algae (such as Irish moss) and used especially as a suspending agent (as in foods) and as a clarifying agent (as for beverages) and in controlling crystal growth in frozen confections



Variants of carrageenan

or

carrageenin

or

carragheenin

\ˌkar-ə-ˈgē-nən\play

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