[verb uh-gloot-n-eyt; adjective uh-gloot-n-it, -eyt]
- 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.
Origin of agglutinate
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At any rate, the agglutinate character of the language is indicated.Opuscula
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.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 3
Hubert Howe Bancroft
This serves to agglutinate it into the form of concretions, constituting the tapioca of commerce.The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom
P. L. Simmonds
- 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
- united or stuck, as by glue
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
- To clump together; undergo agglutination.
- To cause substances, such as bacteria, to clump together.
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