or gel·a·tine



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

Origin of gelatin

1790–1800; < French gélatine < Medieval Latin gelātina, equivalent to Latin gelāt(us) frozen, thickened, past participle of gelāre (gel- freeze + -ātus -ate1) + -ina -in2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gelatin

Contemporary Examples of gelatin

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

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    What's Really Killing Athletes With Concussions?

    Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad

    December 26, 2013

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

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    Lights, Camera, Cocktails

    Brody Brown

    August 5, 2011

  • 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.

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    Home Ec at Harvard

    Laura Colarusso

    December 6, 2010

  • Make the soaking syrup by mixing the coffee, sugar, and gelatin with a wire whisk.

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    4 Autumnal Desserts

    Michel Richard

    November 18, 2010

  • Reduce the heat again, this time to low, and add the gelatin.

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    A Burgundy Wine Feast

    Sophie Menin

    July 4, 2010

Historical Examples of gelatin

Word Origin and History for gelatin

see gelatine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for gelatin



A derived protein formed by boiling collagen of animal tissues.
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Science definitions for gelatin



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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