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also car·ra·geen·in  (kăr′ə-gē′nən)
Any of a group of closely related colloids derived from Irish moss and several other red algae, widely used as a thickening, stabilizing, emulsifying, or suspending agent in industrial, pharmaceutical, and food products.


(ˌkærəˈɡiːnən) ,




(Biochemistry) a carbohydrate extracted from carrageen, used to make a beverage, medicine, and jelly, and as an emulsifying and gelling agent (E407) in various processed desserts and drinks


or car•ra•gee•nin

(ˌkær əˈgi nən)

a colloidal substance extracted from seaweed used chiefly as a stabilizing ingredient in foods and pharmaceuticals.
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Noun1.carrageenan - a colloidal extract from carrageen seaweed and other red algae
gum - any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants; they are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying
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Carrageenans are sulfated polysaccharides obtained from red seaweeds (Rhodophyceae).
The results showed that the secretion levels of TNF-[alpha], IL-1[beta], and IL-6 from the two cell types were increased significantly by carrageenans.
Cargill's texturizing solutions business have launched a new generation of refined carrageenans derived from cultivated seaweeds-offering a high-performance solution for gelling, thickening and stabilizing food products, with reduced sourcing risks.
A new approach to improving food safety involves using carrageenans and carboxymethyl cellulose, which are GRAS substances.
Carrageenans consists of a main chain of D-galactose residues linked alternately [alpha] - (1 [right arrow] and [beta] - (1 [right arrow] 4).
FMC BioPolymer is a worldwide leader in the production of alginates, carrageenans and cellulosics.
This information is relevant to applications in dairy-based foods and beverages in which carrageenans are used to generate network structures that stabilize multiphase dispersions.
One new technique uses carrageenans and carboxymethyl cellulose, which are registered with the U.
Also, Greig (8) pointed out that degraded carrageenans and processed Eucheuma seaweed were not included by the JECFA in the specifications of food-grade carrageenan in 1984.
Although the viscosity is stipulated, viscosity may not adequately protect food-grade carrageenan from contamination by the lower molecular weight degraded carrageenans that IARC has denoted as Group 2B.
This seems to be the situation with regard to carrageenan.