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alginic acid

[al-jin-ik] /ælˈdʒɪn ɪk/
noun, Chemistry
1.
an insoluble, colloidal acid, (C 6 H 8 O 6) n , found in the cell walls of various kelps, especially brown kelps, known chiefly in the form of its salts, and used as a thickening or stabilizing agent in foodstuffs, especially ice cream, and for sizing paper.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; algin + -ic
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alginic acid

/ælˈdʒɪnɪk/
noun
1.
a white or yellowish powdery polysaccharide having marked hydrophilic properties. Extracted from kelp, it is used mainly in the food and textile industries and in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Formula: (C6H8O6)n; molecular wt: 32 000–250 000
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