gel

[jel]
noun
  1. Physical Chemistry. a semirigid colloidal dispersion of a solid with a liquid or gas, as jelly, glue, etc.
  2. Theater. gelatin(def 5).
  3. 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.
  1. to form or become a gel.
  2. jell(def 2).

Origin of gel

First recorded in 1895–1900; shortening of gelatin
Related formsde·gel, verb (used with object), de·gelled, de·gel·ling.non·gel·ling, adjectivere·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.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants

    Alphonse De Candolle

  • Regel forms its left foot, and the Hare serves for a footstool to the right foot of the hero.

    Astronomical Myths

    John F. Blake

  • A verse was called a Regel; a strophe, a Clause; and a burden or refrain, a Stockregel.


British Dictionary definitions for regel

gel

noun
  1. a semirigid jelly-like colloid in which a liquid is dispersed in a solidnondrip paint is a gel
  2. See hair gel
  3. theatre informal See gelatine (def. 4)
verb gels, gelling or gelled
  1. to become or cause to become a gel
  2. a variant spelling of jell

Word Origin for gel

C19: by shortening from gelatine
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Word Origin and History for regel

gel

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

regel in Medicine

gel

[jĕl]
n.
  1. A colloid in which the disperse phase combines with the dispersion medium to produce a semisolid material.
v.
  1. To become a gel.
  2. To convert a sol into a gel.
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