alginate

noun

al·​gi·​nate ˈal-jə-ˌnāt How to pronounce alginate (audio)
: a salt or ester of alginic acid

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Review the nutrition labels -- besides salt, the label could use terms such as monosodium glutamate (MSG, common in Chinese food), sodium citrate, sodium alginate and sodium phosphate. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 13 Oct. 2021 This new alginate heart, by contrast, has a similar elasticity to real tissue. Matt Simon, Wired, 23 Nov. 2020 Modern science takes on a taste as old as time, to put it all Disney-like, using sodium alginate to create bite-sized balloons of olive juice that appear rather like the yolks of Seussian green eggs. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 1 Aug. 2019 With this in mind, Blacklow and her colleagues began with a gellike substance from seaweed called alginate. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, 24 July 2019 Some common biomaterials for food applications include cellulose from plants, a carbohydrate called chitosan from mushrooms and a carbohydrate called alginate from algae. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, 5 July 2019 Squirt the sodium alginate solution into the calcium chloride solution. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, 16 Aug. 2018 Divide the alginate solution into various squirt bottles, or squirt guns. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, 16 Aug. 2018 Add 2 g of food-grade sodium alginate (from $10, amazon.com) to 100 mL of water. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, 16 Aug. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alginate was circa 1909

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“Alginate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alginate. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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Medical Definition

alginate

noun
al·​gi·​nate ˈal-jə-ˌnāt How to pronounce alginate (audio)
: a salt of alginic acid

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