a mixture of polysaccharides extracted from carrageen, used in various foods, cosmetics, etc. as a thickening agent and natural emulsifier
occas. sp. car·ra·geen′in
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.
- A food additive made from a purified extract of red seaweed, commonly used as a thickening agent.