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Descriptor English: Agar
Descriptor Spanish: Agar
Descriptor Portuguese: Ágar
Descriptor French: Agar-agar
Tree number(s): D09.698.360.041
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D000362
Scope note: A complex sulfated polymer of galactose units, extracted from Gelidium cartilagineum, Gracilaria confervoides, and related red algae. It is used as a gel in the preparation of solid culture media for microorganisms, as a bulk laxative, in making emulsions, and as a supporting medium for immunodiffusion and immunoelectrophoresis.
Allowable Qualifiers: AD administration & dosage
AE adverse effects
AN analysis
CH chemistry
CL classification
CS chemical synthesis
EC economics
HI history
IP isolation & purification
ME metabolism
PD pharmacology
PK pharmacokinetics
PO poisoning
RE radiation effects
SD supply & distribution
ST standards
TO toxicity
TU therapeutic use
UL ultrastructure
Pharm Action: Culture Media
Registry Number: 9002-18-0
CAS Type 1 Name: Agar
DeCS ID: 367
Unique ID: D000362
Documents indexed in the Virtual Health Library (VHL): Click here to access the VHL documents
Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2004/07/07
Agar - Preferred
Concept UI M0000553
Scope note A complex sulfated polymer of galactose units, extracted from Gelidium cartilagineum, Gracilaria confervoides, and related red algae. It is used as a gel in the preparation of solid culture media for microorganisms, as a bulk laxative, in making emulsions, and as a supporting medium for immunodiffusion and immunoelectrophoresis.
Preferred term Agar



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