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noun
  1. Physical Chemistry. a semirigid colloidal dispersion of a solid with a liquid or gas, as jelly, glue, etc.
  2. Theater. gelatin(def 5).
  3. Biochemistry. a semirigid polymer, as agarose, starch, cellulose acetate, or polyacrylamide, cast into slabs or cylinders for the electrophoretic separation of proteins and nucleic acids.
verb (used without object), gelled, gel·ling.
  1. to form or become a gel.
  2. jell(def 2).

Origin of gel

First recorded in 1895–1900; shortening of gelatin
Related formsde·gel, verb (used with object), de·gelled, de·gel·ling.non·gel·ling, adjectivere·gel, verb (used without object), re·gelled, re·gel·ling.
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Historical Examples

  • He'd shaved and gelled his hair back, and had put on a crisp military dress uniform with a row of campaign ribbons on the breast.

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  • In a second embodiment of this invention, 1,2-butylene oxide may be used in a gelled state.


British Dictionary definitions for gelled

gel

noun
  1. a semirigid jelly-like colloid in which a liquid is dispersed in a solidnondrip paint is a gel
  2. See hair gel
  3. theatre informal See gelatine (def. 4)
verb gels, gelling or gelled
  1. to become or cause to become a gel
  2. a variant spelling of jell

Word Origin

C19: by shortening from gelatine
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Word Origin and History for gelled

gel

n.

1899, as a chemical term, short for gelatin and perhaps influenced by jell. The invention of this word is credited to Scottish chemist Thomas Graham (1805-1869). Hair-styling sense is from 1958. The verb meaning "to become a gel" is attested by 1902; figurative sense is from 1958. Related: Gelled; gelling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gelled in Medicine

gel

(jĕl)
n.
  1. A colloid in which the disperse phase combines with the dispersion medium to produce a semisolid material.
v.
  1. To become a gel.
  2. To convert a sol into a gel.
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