[verb uh-gloot-n-eyt; adjective uh-gloot-n-it, -eyt]
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verb (used with or without object), ag·glu·ti·nat·ed, ag·glu·ti·nat·ing.
  1. to unite or cause to adhere, as with glue.
  2. Immunology. to clump or cause to clump, as bacteria or blood platelets.
  3. Linguistics. to form by agglutination.
  1. united by or as by glue.
  2. agglutinative.

Origin of agglutinate

1535–45; < Latin agglūtinātus (past participle of agglūtināre), equivalent to ag- ag- + glūtin- (stem of glūten glue) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsag·glu·tin·a·bil·i·ty [uh-gloot-n-uh-bil-i-tee] /əˌglut n əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, nounag·glu·tin·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·ag·glu·ti·nate, verb (used without object), in·ter·ag·glu·ti·nat·ed, in·ter·ag·glu·ti·nat·ing.non·ag·glu·ti·nat·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (əˈɡluːtɪˌneɪt)
  1. to adhere or cause to adhere, as with glue
  2. linguistics to combine or be combined by agglutination
  3. (tr) to cause (bacteria, red blood cells, etc) to clump together
adjective (əˈɡluːtɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
  1. united or stuck, as by glue
Derived Formsagglutinability, nounagglutinable, adjectiveagglutinant, adjective

Word Origin for agglutinate

C16: from Latin agglūtināre to glue to, from gluten glue
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Word Origin and History for agglutinate

1580s (from 1540s as a past participle adjective), from Latin agglutinatus, past participle of agglutinare (see agglutination). Related: Agglutinated; agglutinating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

agglutinate in Medicine


  1. To clump together; undergo agglutination.
  2. To cause substances, such as bacteria, to clump together.
  1. agglutination
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