Definition of agar in English:

Share this entry

agar

Pronunciation: /ˈäˌɡär/
Pronunciation: /ˈāˌɡär/
(also agar-agar /ˈäɡär ˈäˌɡär/ /ˈāɡär ˈāˌɡär/)

noun

A gelatinous substance obtained from various kinds of red seaweed and used in biological culture media and as a thickener in foods.
Example sentences
  • The gelatinizing agent was a Japanese seaweed called agar-agar, commonly found in organic stores.
  • To study these bacteria he grew them in glass Petri dishes on a substance called agar, in his laboratory.
  • Precipitation of a peptide in the top agar with subsequent release of amino acids can also lead to confounding results.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Malay.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: a·gar

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.