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[jel-uh-tn] /ˈdʒɛl ə tn/
a nearly transparent, faintly yellow, odorless, and almost tasteless glutinous substance obtained by boiling in water the ligaments, bones, skin, etc., of animals, and forming the basis of jellies, glues, and the like.
any of various similar substances, as vegetable gelatin.
a preparation or product in which such an animal or vegetable substance is the essential constituent.
an edible jelly made of this substance.
Also called gelatin slide. Theater. a thin sheet made of translucent gelatin colored with an aniline dye, placed over stage lights, and used as a color medium in obtaining lighting effects.
Also, gelatine.
Origin of gelatin
1790-1800; < French gélatine < Medieval Latin gelātina, equivalent to Latin gelāt(us) frozen, thickened, past participle of gelāre (gel- freeze + -ātus -ate1) + -ina -in2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gelatin
  • The animal matter is converted by boiling into gelatin.
  • Use dissolved gelatin in the pulp mix for writing paper so the porous material won't absorb and blur ink.
  • gelatin is a protein derived from collagen, the major component of the connective tissue of animals.
  • One of my favorite such cuts is beef shin, full of collagen that melts to gelatin and gives sheen and body to a sauce or stew.
  • Throw out the powdered gelatin and use calf's foot jelly.
  • Some supplements such as hydrolyzed gelatin which can be consumed as part of the diet may be helpful.
  • Heat over low heat, stirring, until gelatin has dissolved.
  • Bring to a bare simmer, stirring until gelatin has dissolved.
  • Add softened gelatin to broth in saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring, until gelatin is dissolved.
  • With mixer at low speed, pour hot syrup into gelatin mixture in a slow stream down side of bowl.
British Dictionary definitions for gelatin


a colourless or yellowish water-soluble protein prepared by boiling animal hides and bones: used in foods, glue, photographic emulsions, etc
an edible jelly made of this substance, sweetened and flavoured
any of various substances that resemble gelatine
Also called (informal) gel. a translucent substance used for colour effects in theatrical lighting
Word Origin
C19: from French gélatine, from Medieval Latin gelātina, from Latin gelāre to freeze
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Word Origin and History for gelatin

see gelatine.

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gelatin in Medicine

gelatin gel·a·tin or gel·a·tine (jěl'ə-tn)
A derived protein formed by boiling collagen of animal tissues.

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gelatin in Science
An odorless, colorless protein substance obtained by boiling a mixture of water and the skin, bones, and tendons of animals. The preparation forms a gel when allowed to cool. It is used in foods, drugs, glue, and film.
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