agar

noun
\ˈä-gər \

Definition of agar 

1 : a gelatinous colloidal extract of a red alga (as of the genera Gelidium, Gracilaria, and Eucheuma) used especially in culture media or as a gelling and stabilizing agent in foods

2 : a culture medium containing agar

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The agar was a kind of stage on which the experiment played out, where cells divided and bacteria and viruses interacted and changed each other. Eve Fairbanks, The New Republic, "The World in a World Cup," 5 July 2018 But the culture technique — agar in a petri dish – is technology from 1886. Sandy Bauers, Philly.com, "How high-tech genomics - and simple aspirin - could make your joint replacement better," 17 May 2018 Among the offerings: a large turkey leg, an alligator head and bowls of gelatinous agar that resemble consomme. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "A search for some of Earth’s most extreme creatures in the West Coast's deepest underwater canyon," 20 Apr. 2018 Perhaps the boldest scent is the oud Ombre Nomade, which is a Middle Eastern scent taken from the agar tree, the wood from which is some of the most expensive in the world. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Louis Vuitton Is Creating a Chocolate-Inspired Perfume," 26 Apr. 2018 Many of Boyd's desserts have a shiny layer on top, usually made from local produce set with agar. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "There's something special about the desserts at these 4 Charlotte restaurants. Do you know the secret? | Charlotte Observer," 25 Apr. 2018 Seedpods are sterilized and opened to extract the seeds, which are then sowed onto an agar media in a scientific flask for germination to take place. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Over 60,000 Plants Bloom Inside the World’s Largest Orchid Garden," 20 July 2017 To make agar gel, whisk cold water and agar together in saucepan. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "Don't let 'vegan cheese' label scare you away from these tasty nut, veggie spreads," 29 Aug. 2017 Each colony that ended up growing on the agar represented one original bacterial cell from the frosting. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "Blowing Out Birthday Candles Increases Cake Bacteria by 1,400 Percent," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of agar

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for agar

short for Malay agar-agar, name for the red alga from which it is extracted

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agar

noun
\ˈäg-ər \

Medical Definition of agar 

1 : a gelatinous colloidal extract of a red alga (as of the genera Gelidium, Gracilaria, and Eucheuma) used especially in culture media or as a gelling and stabilizing agent in foods

2 : a culture medium containing agar

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