algin (plural algins)
- Any of various gelatinous gums, derivatives of alginic acid, derived from algae.
1950, Valentine Jackson Chapman, Seaweeds and Their Uses, page 194:
- Algin was first discovered by Stanford in the early 1880's, and there is little doubt that the event was the beginning of a new era in the use of seaweeds. […] Since Stanford discovered algin the name has been applied to a number of substances derived from alginic acid.
- 2002, George S. Brady, Henry R. Clauser, John A. Vaccari, Materials Handbook, page 826,
- All the algins are edible, but they pass unchanged through the alimentary tract and add no food value.
2008, Robert Edward Lee, Phycology, page 459:
- Algin comprises about 10% of the dry weight of the kelps (Smith, 1955), and is mostly the salt of alginic acid.
any of various gelatinous gums derived from algae