carrageenan

[kar-uh-gee-nuhn]
noun
a colloidal substance extracted from seaweed, chiefly used as an emulsifying and stabilizing ingredient in foods, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.
Also, carrageenin.


Origin:
carrageen + -an suffix of chemical compounds, here synonymous with -in2

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carrageenan, carragheenan or carageenan (ˌkærəˈɡiːnən)
 
n
a carbohydrate extracted from carrageen, used to make a beverage, medicine, and jelly, and as an emulsifying and gelling agent (E407) in various processed desserts and drinks
 
carragheenan, carragheenan or carageenan
 
n
 
carageenan, carragheenan or carageenan
 
n

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carrageenan car·ra·geen·an or car·ra·geen·in (kār'ə-gē'nən)
n.
Any of a group of closely related colloids derived from several red algae, widely used as a thickening, stabilizing, emulsifying, or suspending agent in pharmaceuticals.

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carrageenan   (kār'ə-gē'nən)  Pronunciation Key 
A gelatinous material derived from Irish moss (Chondrus crispus) and other species of red algae. It is widely used as a thickening, stabilizing, emulsifying, or suspending agent in industrial, pharmaceutical, and food products.
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He makes his mortadella with carrageenan, a gel derived from red seaweed and used for years in toothpastes and puddings.
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