alginic acid

alginic acid

[al-jin-ik]
noun Chemistry.
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:
1885–90; algin + -ic

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alginic acid (ælˈdʒɪnɪk)
 
n
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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