alginic acid

noun

al·​gin·​ic acid (ˌ)al-ˈji-nik- How to pronounce alginic acid (audio)
: an insoluble colloidal acid (C6H8O6)n that in the form of its salts is a constituent of the cell walls of brown algae

Examples of alginic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team mixed the enzymes into a solution of alginic acid—a carbohydrate derived from algae—and silicates, which gelled into beads. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Dec. 2014

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary algin + -ic entry 1

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alginic acid was in 1884

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“Alginic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alginic%20acid. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

alginic acid

noun
al·​gin·​ic acid (ˌ)al-ˌjin-ik- How to pronounce alginic acid (audio)
: an insoluble colloidal acid (C6H8O6)n that is obtained from brown seaweeds and is used medically especially to relieve the symptoms (such as burning and erosion) of excess stomach acid
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