carrageenan

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

carrageenin

Definition of carrageenan

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

Origin and Etymology of carrageenan

carrageen + 3-an or 1-in


First Known Use: circa 1889


Medical Dictionary

carrageenan

noun car·ra·geen·an
variants: or

carrageenin

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carragheenin

\ˌkar-ə-ˈgē-nən\play

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


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