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carrageenan

or car·ra·gee·nin

[ kar-uh-gee-nuhn ]
/ ˌkær əˈgi nən /
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noun

a colloidal substance extracted from seaweed, chiefly used as an emulsifying and stabilizing ingredient in foods, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.

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Origin of carrageenan

carrageen + -an suffix of chemical compounds, here synonymous with -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for carrageenan

carrageenan

carragheenan or carageenan

/ (ˌkærəˈɡiːnən) /

noun

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
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Medical definitions for carrageenan

carrageenan

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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Scientific definitions for carrageenan

carrageenan
[ kăr′ə-gēnən ]

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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