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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: jel'a-tin


A derived protein formed from the collagen of tissues by boiling in water; it swells when put in cold water, but dissolves only in hot water; used as a hemostat, plasma substitute, and protein food adjunct in malnutrition.

[L. gelo, pp. gelatus, to freeze, congeal]

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