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or gel·a·tine

[ jel-uh-tn ]


  1. 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.
  2. any of various similar substances, as vegetable gelatin.
  3. a preparation or product in which such an animal or vegetable substance is the essential constituent.
  4. an edible jelly made of this substance.
  5. 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.


/ jĕlə-tn /

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of gelatin1

1790–1800; < French gélatine < Medieval Latin gelātina, equivalent to Latin gelāt ( us ) frozen, thickened, past participle of gelāre ( gel- freeze + -ātus -ate 1 ) + -ina -in 2

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Example Sentences

Film, as we know it, relies on light-sensitive silver suspended in an emulsion made with gelatin.

Iceboxes gave way to refrigerators, making it easier to set a mousse or a gelatin mold.

Sprinkle the gelatin into the water and let stand until it dissolves, whisking briefly to ensure all the gelatin is moistened.

Whether mass produced or homemade, they rely instead on gelatin for their structure, but there are dozens of ways to make a marshmallow.

After months of research, he reportedly discovered that the problems stemmed from changes in the chemical makeup of the gelatin.

After all, the brain is as soft as gelatin, and the body can only do so much to protect it.

Meanwhile, bloom five sheets of gelatin in a bowl of warm water.

Take Marsala Gelee—retro gelatin shots—which Kenyon recently attempted.

Place half of the juice in a small pot, bring to a boil, add the soaked gelatin and whisk until smooth.

He heated some oil, stirred in a few sheets of gelatin, let the mixture cool in a baking dish and then sliced it into squares.

Those who have tried to handle gelatin dry plates with moist hands will readily appreciate the value of this simple contrivance.

Medicinal substances may be incorporated with the gelatin mixture.

This is done by first growing the bacteria in some medium such as beef broth, gelatin, or on potato.

That bacteria are also present can be proved by exposing a sterilized gelatin plate to the air in a schoolroom for a few moments.

Gelatin and starch are added for the same purpose, though they are not frequently used.


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