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[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.
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  1. united by or as by glue.
  2. agglutinative.
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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
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
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Related Words for agglutinate

tie, marry, accompany, weld, merge, melt, coalesce, combine, integrate, mingle, blend, dissolve, clamp, incorporate, clip, lock, affix, grapple, pair, connect

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Historical Examples of agglutinate

  • At any rate, the agglutinate character of the language is indicated.


    Robert Gordon Latham

  • The mixture is then gently heated to drive off the excess of sulphuretted hydrogen and to agglutinate the sulphur.

  • Concentrated sulphuric acid causes it to agglutinate into resin-like lumps, with the accession of an intense blood-red colour.

  • To the agglutinate languages belong the American and Turanian families.

  • This serves to agglutinate it into the form of concretions, constituting the tapioca of commerce.

British Dictionary definitions for agglutinate


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
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adjective (əˈɡluːtɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
  1. united or stuck, as by glue
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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.

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agglutinate in Medicine


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