an insoluble, colloidal acid, (C 6 H 8 O 6) n , found in the cell walls of various kelps, especially brown kelps, known chiefly in the form of its salts, and used as a thickening or stabilizing agent in foodstuffs, especially ice cream, and for sizing paper.
a white or yellowish powdery polysaccharide having marked hydrophilic properties. Extracted from kelp, it is used mainly in the food and textile industries and in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Formula: (C6H8O6)n; molecular wt: 32 000–250 000
any hydrophilic, colloidal substance found in or obtained from various kelps, as or one of its soluble salts. noun alginic acid or one of its esters or salts, esp the gelatinous solution obtained as a by-product in the extraction of iodine from seaweed, used in mucilages and for thickening jellies algin (āl’jĭn) A mucilaginous polysaccharide […]
a combining form meaning “pain,” used in the formation of compound words: algophobia. combining form denoting pain: algometer, algophobia algo- pref. Pain: algophobia.
algodystrophy algodystrophy al·go·dys·tro·phy (āl’gō-dĭs’trə-fē) n. A local disturbance of growth, particularly in bone and cartilage, that causes pain. Also called algesidystrophy.
algogenic algogenic al·go·gen·ic (āl’gō-jěn’ĭk) adj. See algesiogenic.