- to change from a fluid into a thickened mass; curdle; congeal: Let the pudding stand two hours until it coagulates.
- Biology. (of blood) to form a clot.
- Physical Chemistry. (of colloidal particles) to flocculate or cause to flocculate by adding an electrolyte to an electrostatic colloid.
- Obsolete. coagulated.
Origin of coagulate
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Examples from the Web for coagulate
The disintegrated mass of rabbits commenced, as it were, to solidify, to coagulate.The Octopus
If the stock is not reduced and more jelly is desired, unflavored gelatine may be dissolved and added to coagulate the liquid.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
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Rennet is added to the milk to coagulate it, and then the curd, from which nearly all the water is removed, is allowed to ripen.
That protein is present in both the yolk and the white is apparent from the fact that they coagulate when heat is applied.
With the temperature at the right point, rennet is added to coagulate the milk, or form the curd.
- to cause (a fluid, such as blood) to change into a soft semisolid mass or (of such a fluid) to change into such a mass; clot; curdle
- chem to separate or cause to separate into distinct constituent phases
- the solid or semisolid substance produced by coagulation
Word Origin and History for coagulate
early 15c., from Latin coagulatus, past participle of coagulare "to cause to curdle," from cogere "to curdle, collect" (see cogent). Earlier coagule, c.1400, from Middle French coaguler. Related: Coagulated; coagulating.
- To change from the liquid state to a solid or gel; clot.