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(Latin: seaweed)

Don't confuse this Latin element with the Greek element alg-, algo- which means "pain".

aerohygrocola (s) (noun), aerohygrocolas (pl): high atmosphere
Those creatures that naturally thrive in high atmospheric humidities.
alga (s), algae (pl)
Photosynthetic organisms lacking a vascular system, true leaves, stems, and roots.

Algae range in size from the microscopic to the macroscopic, and include many seaweeds found in fresh water and marine habitats.

algicide
Any substance that kills algae.
algin
1. A mucilaginous substance, alginic acid, obtained from certain algae.
2. Any of several derivatives; such as, sodium alginate or alginic acid, of a gelatinous substance extracted from certain brown algae and widely used as a thickening, stabilizing, emulsifying, or suspending agent in industrial, pharmaceutical, and food products; such as, ice cream.
3. A viscous liquid, especially alginic acid or an alginate.

Source: seaweed. Use: thickener or emulsifier in plastics or food.

alginate
1. An acid obtained from seaweeds containing sodium salt and used as a thickening agent for foods; such as, ice cream, and in dentistry where it is mixed with water and used as an elastic impression material.
2. Salts of alginic acids, occurring in the cell walls of some algae.

Commercially important in food processing, swabs, some filters, fire retardants etc. Calcium alginates form gels. Alginic acid is a linear polymer of mannuronic and glucuronic acids.

alginic acid
An acid that is extracted from marine algae and used as a binder in pharmaceutical tablets and as a thickening and emulsifying agent in a number of food products.
algoid
Resembling, or of the nature of seaweed.
algologist (s) (noun), algologists (pl)
A specialist in the scientific study of algae; also called a phyologist.
algology (s) (noun)
The scientific study of seaweed; also phycology.
algosis
A condition in which the body harbors algae or fungi.