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carrageenan Syllabification: car·ra·gee·nan
Pronunciation: /ˌkerəˈɡēnən/

Definition of carrageenan in English:


A substance extracted from red and purple seaweeds, consisting of a mixture of polysaccharides. It is used as a thickening or emulsifying agent in food products.
Example sentences
  • Keep in mind, too, that most commercial soy milks, especially the fortified ones, contain added salt and sweeteners (cane juice, usually) and are thickened with carrageenan (extracted from seaweed).
  • Most commercial ice cream is made with carrageenan, a seaweed extract.
  • The use of carrageenan as a stabilizing agent has become widespread and is very effective in keeping the cocoa ingredient bound to the milk protein.


1960s: from carrageen + -an.

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