carrageenan

noun car·ra·geen·an \ ˌker-ə-ˈgē-nən , 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

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Origin and Etymology of carrageenan

carrageen + 3-an or 1-in


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carrageenan

noun car·ra·geen·an
variants: or carrageenin or carragheenin play \ˌkar-ə-ˈgē-nən\

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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