EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Physical Chemistry a semirigid colloidal dispersion of a solid with a liquid or gas, as jelly, glue, etc. . Biochemistry a semirigid polymer, as agarose, starch, cellulose acetate, or polyacrylamide, cast into slabs or cylinders for the electrophoretic separation of proteins and nucleic acids. verb (used without object), gelled, gel·ling. Origin of gel
First recorded in
gelatin Related forms de·gel, verb (used with object), de·gelled, de·gel·ling. non·gel·ling, adjective re·gel, verb (used without object), re·gelled, re·gel·ling.
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Examples from the Web for regel Historical Examples of regel Regel,74 a physician by vocation, lived in Turkestan for nine years and collected fruits and flowers as an avocation. Regel, in 1875, in his monograph of the genus Allium, declares he has only seen the shallot as a cultivated species. Regel forms its left foot, and the Hare serves for a footstool to the right foot of the hero.
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Regel; a strophe, a Clause; and a burden or refrain, a Stock regel. British Dictionary definitions for regel noun a semirigid jelly-like colloid in which a liquid is dispersed in a solid nondrip paint is a gel verb gels, gelling or gelled to become or cause to become a gel a variant spelling of jell Word Origin for gel
C19: by shortening from
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Word Origin and History for regel n.
1899, as a chemical term, short for
gelatin and perhaps influenced by jell. The invention of this word is credited to Scottish chemist Thomas Graham (1805-1869). Hair-styling sense is from 1958. The verb meaning "to become a gel" is attested by 1902; figurative sense is from 1958. Related: Gelled; gelling.
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n. A colloid in which the disperse phase combines with the dispersion medium to produce a semisolid material. v. To become a gel. To convert a sol into a gel.
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