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Alginic acid

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Definition of the noun alginic acid

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  1. a gum used especially as a thickener or emulsifier
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonym of alginic acid: algin
    • more generic word: gum = any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants

Alternative definition of the noun alginic acid


  1. A gum (a carboxylated polysaccharide), extracted from certain seaweeds, used as a food additive


Alginic acid, also called algin or alginate, is an anionic polysaccharide distributed widely in the cell walls of brown algae, where through binding with water it forms a viscous gum. In extracted form it absorbs water quickly; it is capable of absorbing 200-300 times its own weight in water. Its colour ranges from white to yellowish-brown. It is sold in filamentous, granular or powdered forms.

  • also known as Acidum alginicum, حمض الألجنيك

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alginic acid

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Google previewPolymer Chemistry (2004)

Introduction to an Indispensable Science by David M. Teegarden

Alginic acid is a polysaccharide as are cellulose and starch. Unlike cellulose and starch, however, alginic acid as the name ...

Google previewNanotechnology and Functional Foods (2015)

Effective Delivery of Bioactive Ingredients by Cristina Sabliov, Hongda Chen, Rickey Yada

Alginic acid is a hydrophilic colloidal polysaccharide obtained from various species of brown seaweed (Phaeophyceae). It is a linear copolymer consisting mainly of residues of d‐mannuronic acid and l‐guluronic acid, often arranged in ...

Google previewPolysaccharides Peptides and Proteins (2014)

Pharmaceutical Monographs by R. T. Coutts, G. A. Smail

ALG INIC ACID Alginic acid is a cell wall and intercellular mucilage of the brown algae (Phaeophyceae). It usually occurs as a ...

Google previewMarine Cosmeceuticals (2016)

Trends and Prospects by Se-Kwon Kim

Acid polysaccharides found in brown algal cell walls are mainly composed of alginic acid and fucoidan. Alginic acid is a gelling polysaccharide containing 1,4- linked B-D-mannuronic and a-L-guluronic acid residues arranged in a nonregular, ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Organic Chemistry (2009)

by John Daintith

alginic acid name of the parent hydrocarbon. For example: methane (CH4) is the parent hydrocarbon of the alcohol methanol (CH3OH), the aldehyde methanal ( HCHO), and the carboxylic acid methanoic acid (HCOOH); ethane (C2H6) is the ...

Google previewDictionary of Food (2009)

International Food and Cooking Terms from A to Z by Charles Sinclair

See alsoagaragar, alginic acid, carragheen, laver bread, nori alga mar An edible seaweed, Durvilleaantarctica, exported tothe USA from Chile algarroba SpainCarob Alge Germany Seaweed,algae Algerian clementine United States Fina ...

Google previewLeung's Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients (2011)

Used in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics by Ikhlas A. Khan, Ehab A. Abourashed

The process for algin manufacture basically involves a prewash of the seaweed whereby undesirable salts are leachedout and removed, followed by extraction with a dilute alkaline solution thatsolubilizes the alginic acid present in the ...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Vitamins and Pharmacochemistry (2006)

by Henry Philippsborn

Johannisbrotmehl n; Karubef caroube f alfarrobaf * alginate → 274 alginic acid; alginate (Prod.) (Pharmaceutical technology; alginic acid: (C6H8O6)n; a complex polysaccharide; ...

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