gelatin

noun

gel·​a·​tin ˈje-lə-tən How to pronounce gelatin (audio)
variants or less commonly gelatine
1
: glutinous material obtained from animal tissues by boiling
especially : a colloidal protein used as a food, in photography, and in medicine
2
a
: any of various substances (such as agar) resembling gelatin
b
: an edible jelly made with gelatin
3

Examples of gelatin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many puddings made in Indonesia contain agar, a gelling agent that, unlike gelatin, doesn’t melt at the blistering temperatures typical in the Southeast Asian country. Corrado Nai, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 June 2024 Chill until completely cool and gelatin is set, at least 1 hour or overnight. Amy Panos, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 June 2024 Comparing an 1860s tintype with an 1890s gelatin silver studio print shows the evolution of photographic processes. Andrea Kaston Tange, The Conversation, 6 May 2024 Enlarge / Burrowing sequences for a hagfish digging through transparent gelatin. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 20 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for gelatin 

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Word History

Etymology

French gélatine edible jelly, gelatin, from Italian gelatina, from gelato, past participle of gelare to freeze, from Latin — more at cold

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gelatin was in 1800

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Cite this Entry

“Gelatin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gelatin. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

gelatin

noun
gel·​a·​tin
variants also gelatine
1
: gummy or sticky protein obtained by boiling animal tissues and used as food, in photography, and in medicine
2
: an edible jelly formed with gelatin
3
: a thin colored transparent sheet used to color a stage light

Medical Definition

gelatin

noun
gel·​a·​tin
variants also gelatine
1
: glutinous material obtained from animal tissues by boiling
especially : a colloidal protein used as a food, in photography, and in medicine
2
a
: any of various substances (as agar) resembling gelatin
b
: an edible jelly made with gelatin

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