A carbohydrate product from a seaweed, Macrocystis pyrifera; used as a gel in pharmaceutical preparations. SYN: sodium alginate.

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al·gin 'al-jən n any of various colloidal substances derived from marine brown algae and esp. giant kelp: as
b) a soluble salt of alginic acid used esp. as a stabilizing, emulsifying, or thickening agent in foods (as ice cream), pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics and as a base for dental-impression materials called also sodium alginate

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al·gin (alґjin) sodium alginate, a purified carbohydrate (sodium mannuronate) extracted from brown algae species and used as a stabilizing colloid in numerous pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and foods.

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  • algin — [al′jin] n. [< ALG(AE) + IN1] 1. ALGINIC ACID 2. a colloidal polysaccharide derived from alginic acid and used as a stabilizer and emulsifier, esp. in ice cream …   English World dictionary

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  • algin — noun Etymology: alga + 1 in Date: 1883 any of various colloidal substances (as an alginate or alginic acid) derived from marine brown algae and used especially as emulsifiers or thickeners …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • algin — /al jin/, n. Chem. any hydrophilic, colloidal substance found in or obtained from various kelps, as alginic acid or one of its soluble salts. [1880 85; ALG(AE) + IN2] * * * …   Universalium

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  • Algin — Alginsäure * * * Al|gin [lat. alga = Seegras, Tang], das; s: aus ↑ Alginaten bestehendes Zellwandmaterial der Braunalgen …   Universal-Lexikon

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