Also, agar-agar.Also called Chinese gelatin, Chinese isinglass, Japanese gelatin, Japanese isinglass.a gelatinlike product of certain seaweeds, used for solidifying certain culture media, as a thickening agent for ice cream and other foods, as a substitute for gelatin, in adhesives, as an emulsifier, etc.
Biology. a culture medium having an agar base.
Origin: 1885–90; < Malayagaragar seaweed from which a gelatin is rendered, or the gelatin itself
Also called: agar-agar a complex gelatinous carbohydrate obtained from seaweeds, esp those of the genus Gelidium, used as a culture medium for bacteria, a laxative, in food such as ice cream as a thickening agent (E406), etc
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A gelatinous material obtained from marine algae, especially seaweed, used as a medium for growing bacterial cultures in the laboratory and as a thickener and stabilizer in food products.