agar-agar defined in 1939 yearagar-agar - Agar-agar;
agar-agar - Gelatinous substance obtained from certain red seaweeds (Rhodophyceae), obtained from Ceylon (Ceylon moss), Java, Japan (Japan isinglass), and, during the Second Great War, Great Britain. The gel (colloid jelly) from agar-agar is not liable to putrefaction and is therefore used largely as a medium for bacteriological cultures. Agar is also used in preserves, jellies, and soups, as a dressing or stiffening for light fabrics, and in constipation remedies. See Algae.
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