Hydrocolloid meaning

hī'drə-kŏl'oid'
A substance that forms a gel with water.
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The gel that is so formed.
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Any of several substances, as gum arabic or agar, that form gels with water and are mostly used to thicken or smooth food products.
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Any material that forms a colloid (especially a gel) when mixed with water.
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Such a material, made from agar, used to make dental impressions.
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