or car·ra·gee·nin

[ kar-uh-gee-nuhn ]

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

Origin of carrageenan

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

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British Dictionary definitions for carrageenan


carragheenan or carageenan

/ (ˌkærəˈɡiːnən) /

  1. 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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Scientific definitions for carrageenan


[ kăr′ə-gēnən ]

  1. 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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