carrageenan

noun
car·​ra·​geen·​an | \ ˌker-ə-ˈgē-nən How to pronounce carrageenan (audio) , ˌka-rə- \
variants: or carrageenin

Definition of carrageenan

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

Examples of carrageenan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carrageen farmers are generally after the extract carrageenan that is a thickening and stabilizing agent in a myriad of products besides nasal sprays, from toothpaste to baby formula. Chris Baraniuk, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Sep. 2022 Both sustainable products are cholesterol-free, Project Non-GMO verified, carrageenan-free and made with no artificial flavors. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2020 Both sustainable products are cholesterol-free, Project Non-GMO verified, carrageenan-free and made with no artificial flavors. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2020 Both sustainable products are cholesterol-free, Project Non-GMO verified, carrageenan-free and made with no artificial flavors. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2020 Both sustainable products are cholesterol-free, Project Non-GMO verified, carrageenan-free and made with no artificial flavors. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2020 Both sustainable products are cholesterol-free, Project Non-GMO verified, carrageenan-free and made with no artificial flavors. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2020 Both sustainable products are cholesterol-free, Project Non-GMO verified, carrageenan-free and made with no artificial flavors. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2020 Both sustainable products are cholesterol-free, Project Non-GMO verified, carrageenan-free and made with no artificial flavors. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of carrageenan

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carrageenan

carrageen + -an entry 3 or -in entry 1

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“Carrageenan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carrageenan. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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carrageenan

noun
car·​ra·​geen·​an
variants: also carrageenin or carragheenan \ ˌkar-​ə-​ˈgē-​nən How to pronounce carrageenan (audio) \

Medical Definition of carrageenan

: 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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