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From Biology-Online Dictionary | Biology-Online Dictionary
A gelatinous material derived from the cell walls of red algae, used primarily as a culture medium.
Agar came from those in family Gelidiaceae and family Gracilariaceae. It is extracted through boiling and filtration. The agar is made up of agarose and agaropectin.
Word origin: From Malay agar-agar (jelly)