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agar

[ ah-gahr, ag-er ]
/ ˈɑ gɑr, ˈæg ər /
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noun

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.

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Origin of agar

First recorded in 1885–90, agar is from the Malay word agaragar seaweed from which a gelatin is rendered, or the gelatin itself

Definition for agar (2 of 2)

Agar
[ ey-gahr ]
/ ˈeɪ gɑr /

noun Douay Bible.

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British Dictionary definitions for agar

agar
/ (ˈeɪɡə) /

noun

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), etcAlso called: agar-agar
C19: Malay
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Medical definitions for agar

agar
[ āgär′, ägär′ ]

n.

A gelatinous material derived from marine algae, used as a base for bacterial culture media and as a stabilizer and thickener in food.
A culture medium containing this material.
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Scientific definitions for agar

agar
[ āgär′, ägär′ ]

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.
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