Definition of hydrocolloid in English:

hydrocolloid

noun

  • A substance which forms a gel in the presence of water, examples of which are used in surgical dressings and in various industrial applications:

    [as modifier] ‘hydrocolloid dressings’
    • ‘Silver dressings are available as foams, hydrocolloids, barrier layers, and charcoal cloth dressings.’
    • ‘These hydrocolloids are chosen for their resistance to harsh processing conditions and their ability to withstand freeze/thaw cycling.’
    • ‘This absorptive layer is made of material other than an alginate, foam, hydrocolloid, or hydrogel.’
    • ‘Treatment with moisture-retentive dressings consisted of either a hydrocolloid, an alginate, or sterile gauze.’
    • ‘Like hydrogels, hydrocolloids can absorb minimal to moderate amounts of drainage.’

Pronunciation:

hydrocolloid

/ˌhʌɪdrə(ʊ)ˈkɒlɔɪd/