[ verb uh-gloot-n-eyt; adjective uh-gloot-n-it, -eyt ]
/ verb əˈglut nˌeɪt; adjective əˈglut n ɪt, -ˌeɪt /
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verb (used with or without object), ag·glu·ti·nat·ed, ag·glu·ti·nat·ing.

to unite or cause to adhere, as with glue.
Immunology. to clump or cause to clump, as bacteria or blood platelets.
Linguistics. to form by agglutination.


united by or as by glue.



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Origin of agglutinate

1535–45; <Latin agglūtinātus (past participle of agglūtināre), equivalent to ag-ag- + glūtin- (stem of glūten glue) + -ātus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM agglutinate

ag·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
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British Dictionary definitions for agglutinate


verb (əˈɡluːtɪˌneɪt)

to adhere or cause to adhere, as with glue
linguistics to combine or be combined by agglutination
(tr) to cause (bacteria, red blood cells, etc) to clump together

adjective (əˈɡluːtɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)

united or stuck, as by glue

Derived forms of agglutinate

agglutinability, nounagglutinable, adjectiveagglutinant, adjective

Word Origin for agglutinate

C16: from Latin agglūtināre to glue to, from gluten glue
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Medical definitions for agglutinate

[ ə-glōōtn-āt′ ]


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


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