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Definition of the noun agar

What does agar mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: agars

  1. any culture medium that uses agar as the gelling agent
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonym of agar: nutrient agar
    • more generic terms: culture medium / medium = a nutrient substance (solid or liquid) that is used to cultivate micro-organisms
    • more specific term: blood agar = a culture medium containing whole blood as the nutrient
    • substance: agar-agar = a colloidal extract of algae
  2. a colloidal extract of algae; used especially in culture media and as a gelling agent in foods
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonym of agar: agar-agar
    • more generic word: gum = any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants
    • substance of: nutrient agar = any culture medium that uses agar as the gelling agent

Alternative definition of the noun agar


  1. A gelatinous material obtained from the marine algae, used as a bacterial culture medium, in electrophoresis and as a food additive.
  2. [chemistry] An agarose, the principle constituent of the commercial gel.


Agar or agar-agar is a gelatinous substance, obtained from algae and discovered in the late 1650s or early 1660s by Minoya Tarozaemon in Japan, where it is called kanten.

  • also known as agar agar, Ceylon, Oxoid L 11, Oxoid III, Bacto-agar, Japan agar, NCI-C50475, Bengal gelatin, Kantenmatsu, Digenea simplex mucilage, Bengal ising glass, Chinese ising glass, gum agar, GAM medium, Gelose, Ceylon ising glass, S 100, Layor caran


  1. "Agar" is a book by Albert Memmi.
  2. "Agar" is a written work by Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav.


Agar is a fictional character from the 1964 film Hercules vs. the Moon Men.


  1. Agar is a small town in Sully County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 76 as of the 2010 census. It functioned as a combined farm/ranch service center and small resort town as of 2010, its centennial year.
  2. Agar a.k.a. Ulawa Airport is an airport in Arona on Ulawa Island in the Solomon Islands.
    • also known as 烏拉瓦機場

There are other places with in their name, like Agar's Island.


  1. Agar a.k.a. Agarwood, also known as oud, oodh or agar, is a dark resinous heartwood that forms in Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees when they become infected with a type of mould. Prior to infection, the heartwood is relatively light and pale coloured; however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin embedded heartwood. The resin embedded wood is commonly called gaharu, jinko, aloeswood, agarwood, or oud and is valued in many cultures for its distinctive fragrance, and thus is used for incense and perfumes.
  2. agaR is a gene.
  3. Agar is a set of cross-platform libraries written in C/C++/Ada for graphical applications. The main library of the distribution is a widget toolkit, Agar-GUI. Agar is open source, released under a revised BSD license.
  4. agaR is a genomic locus.
  5. Agar is a website.
  6. Agar a.k.a. Dinka, South Central Language is an human language.

Phrases with Agar

Phrases starting with the word Agar:

  1. agar-agar
  2. Agar River Prawn

Phrases ending with the word Agar:

  1. blood agar
  2. Appias Agar
  3. Melitaea Agar
  4. nutrient agar
  5. Melitaea Agar Agar
  6. Species Appias Agar
  7. Violet Red Bile Agar
  8. Species Melitaea Agar
  9. Subspecies Melitaea Agar Agar

Other phrases containing the word Agar:

  1. Melitaea Agar Yunnanensis
  2. Subspecies Melitaea Agar Yunnanensis

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Agar

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Google previewLinne & Ringsrud's Clinical Laboratory Science (2015)

The Basics and Routine Techniques by Mary Louise Turgeon

Chocolate agar is an enrichment medium that promotes the growth of fastidious bacteria. Chocolate agar is prepared...

agar is a selective and differential medium used to recover gram-positive bacteria .

Google previewTextbook of Diagnostic Microbiology (2014)

by Connie R. Mahon, Donald C. Lehman, George Manuselis Jr.

BLOOD AGAR, ANAEROBIC, CDC* CDC anaerobic blood agar is an enrichment medium useful for the isolation of...

BRUCELLA BASE, WADSWORTH Wadsworth Brucella base anaerobic blood agar is a useful enrichment medium for the ...

Google previewA Photographic Atlas for the Microbiology Laboratory (2012)

by Michael J. Leboffe, Burton E. Pierce

Agar is a selective medium originally used for the isolation of Salmonella and many...

Google previewEssential Microbiology for Dentistry (2011)

by Lakshman Samaranayake

agar is a non-selective medium C viral transport media are laced with antibiotics D Löwenstein–Jensen medium has malachite green as the selective agent E mitis salivarius agar is the preferred medium for isolating staphylococci 6.3 Match ...

Google previewPharmaceutical Microbiology Principles and Applications

Nutrient agar is a common laboratory medium used for growth of many bacterial species. It is important to note that not a single media is suitable for growth of all microorganisms. Common ingredients of media : 1. Water : Tap, pure or distilled ...

Google previewCellulose and Cellulose Derivatives in the Food Industry (2014)

Fundamentals and Applications by Tanja Wuestenberg

Chemical Structure Agar is a heterogeneous polysaccharide composed of the monomeric substances D-galactose and (3®6)-anhydro-L-galactose (Table 1.1). The main component, which is responsible for the strong gelling ability, ...

Google previewMicrobiology, A Systems Approach (2016)

by CTI Reviews

MacConkey agar is a culture medium designed to grow Gramnegative bacteria and differentiate them for lactose fermentation. Mannitol salt agar is a commonly used growth medium in microbiology. It encourages the growth of a group of ...

Google previewNatural Food Antimicrobial Systems (2000)

by A.S. Naidu

Agar is a hydrophilic colloid extracted from certain marine algae of the class Rhodophyceae. It is insoluble in cold water but soluble in boiling water. A hot aqueous 1 .5% solution is clear, and when cooled to 32-39°C forms a firm, resilient gel ...

Google previewIntroductory Microbiology (1996)

by J. Heritage, E. G. V. Evans, R. A. Killington

Agar is an inexpensive polysaccharide, obtained from certain seaweeds. In solution it can form agel, and it...

Google previewMaterials in Dentistry (2001)

Principles and Applications by Jack L. Ferracane

Agar (Reversible Hydrocolloid) Agar is a reversible hydrocolloid because the physical state of the material can be changed back and forth between a liquid sol and a rubbery gel simply by altering temperature. Agar is an accurate impression ...

Google previewKoneman's Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology (2006)

by Elmer W. Koneman

SS agar is a highly selective medium formulated to inhibit the growth of most coliform organisms and permit the growth of...

Google previewMarine and Freshwater Products Handbook (2000)

by Roy E. Martin, Emily Paine Carter, George J. Flick, Jr., Lynn M. Davis

Agar is a gelling hydrocolloid obtained by extraction with water or alkali of certain species of red algae. It is a linear hydrocolloid (galactan), consisting primarily of alternating D-galactose and L-3,6-anhydrogalactose monomers, with a ...

Google previewThe Case of the Flesh-eating Bacteria (2013)

Annie Biotica Solves Skin Disease Crimes by Michelle Faulk

Agar is a mixture of sugars and red algae harvested from places like Asia and California. It feels like a firm jelly. This gives the microbes a place to sit and food to eat. After twenty-four hours, enough bacteria had grown to . perform the rapid test ...

Google previewTextbook of Microbiology & Immunology (2014)

by Subhash Chandra Parija

Agar is the main component that is used universally for preparation of solid media. It is obtained from a variety of sea weeds and after necessary processing is usually available as powder or as long shreds. Agar is chiefly composed of: ...

Google previewThe American Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Ophthalmology (1913)

by Casey Albert Wood

The growth of the bacillus is very easily affected even upon hemoglobin-agar, upon which it grows best. Upon freshly-made hemoglobin- agar it will not ...

Google previewChemical Dictionary of Economic Plants (2001)

by Jeffrey B. Harborne, Herbert Baxter

Agar consists of 3,6-anhydro-L-galactose and D-galactose units linked in a polysaccharide structure. It is extracted and then purified from the harvested seaweed. Agar has the special property of forming a gel in 1% solution and is widely used ...

Google previewDictionary of Food Ingredients (2013)

by Robert S. Igoe

Agar 5 Acidulants Acids used in processed foods for a variety of functions that enhance the food. They are used as flavoring agents, preservatives in microbial control, chelating agents, buffers, gelling and coagulating agents, and in many ...

Google previewMultilingual Dictionary of Fish and Fish Products (2009)

by OECD: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

AGAR/AGAR Fish and seafoods preserved in acidified brine or jelly with or without spices or other flavouring agents; in certain instances, salt is not essential . Marketed semi-preserved also with other food additives. See also + MARINADE, ...

Google previewAppleton's Medical Dictionary (1915)

by Caroline Wormeley Latimer

Important Cultural Characteristics Gelatin is rapidly liquefied, and the medium becomes green, agar growth is moist and the entire medium turns green, bouillon is clouded and green, and milk is coagulated and the casein precipitated and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Meat Sciences (2014)

Abeyta–Hunt–Bark or modified Campylobacter blood-free agar (37– 42 1C, 24– 48 h) ...

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Small photo of Escherichia coli on Eosin methylene blue  (EMB agar)Small photo of Escherichia coli  on Salmonella Shigella (SS) AgarSmall photo of Agar agar citrus jelly dessert closeupSmall photo of Agar agar citrus jelly dessert closeupSmall photo of bo kanten, freeze dry agar stick, japanese foodSmall photo of bo kanten, freeze dry agar stick, japanese foodSmall photo of Colonies of Vibrio cholerae on Thiosulfate-citrate-bile salts-sucrose agar (TCBS agar) More...

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Sign language

Pouring Agar Plates in American Sign Language

Dan Burton at Gallaudet shows you how to pour agar plates.

Quotes about Agar

Archaeologists are underpaid publicity agents for deceased royalty. (John Agar)
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Scrabble value of A1G2A1R1

The value of this 4-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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